Mark 5:1 - 6:6

1 They came to the far side of the lake1 at the land of the Gerasenes. 2 As Jesus left the boat he was accosted at once by a man out of the tombs who was possessed by an impure spirit;2 3 he dwelt in the tombs. Not even with chains could anyone restrain him; 4 he had often been bound with fetters and chains but he had wrenched apart his chains and smashed his fetters, and no one could overpower him3 5 All night and all day long in the tombs and on the hills he would cry out and pelt himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus he ran up from a distance and kneeled down before him, 7 then shieked out, "What is there between us, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? For God's sake, don't torture me!"4 8 Jesus first issued a peremptory order, "Leave the fellow, impure spirit!" 9 then proceeded to question the man: "What's your name?" to which he replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many."5 10 And there was lots of begging that he not send them outside of their territory.6 11 Close by the hill7 there was a large herd of pigs browsing. 12 Then the spirits begged him, "Dispatch us to the pigs and let us enter into them. 13 Upon his letting them do so, the impure spirits left the man and entered into the pigs. Then the herd stampeded over the cliff into the lake, about 2,000 pigs in all, and they drowned in the lake.8 14 Then the herdsmen ran off from them and reported it to the town and to the countryside, and people came to see what had happened. 15 When they came near Jesus they saw the man who had been possessed seated and newly-dressed and in his right mind-the very man that had had the "legion,"-and they were scared.9 16 And those who had seen it told them what had happened to the man who was possessed and about the pigs. 17 At that they started begging him to go away from their area. 18 As he entered the boat, the man who had been possessed kept begging him to be allowed to remain with him, 19 but Jesus would not permit him to do so; instead he told him, "Go home to your kinfolk and tell them what the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you." 20 But he went off and started proclaiming in the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him, at which everyone shook his head in wonderment.10

21 When Jesus had crossed back over to the hither side, a great crowd gathered toward him, and he stayed near the lakeshore.1122 Then12 one of the officers of the Synagogue, whose name was Jairus,13 came, and when he saw him, he fell down before Jesus' feet 23 and started begging him repeatedly,14 "My little girl is in her last throes! Come put your hands upon her so she can be saved and live!" 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great throng followed him; they were pressing him very closely.15

25 There was a woman who had suffered bleeding for twelve years; 26 she had been treated frequently by several doctors and had spent everything she had without improving but instead going from bad to worse16 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came in the throng and took hold of his robe from behind. (28 Her thinking was, "If only I can take hold of his robe, I'll be made whole.") 29 Right away her bleeding stopped and she could sense within that she was cured of her malady.17 30 Jesus too right away became aware that power had gone out of him; he turned around there in the throng and said, "Who took hold of my robe?" 31 His disciples said to him, "You can see this throng squeezing you and you can ask, "Who took hold of me?"18 32 Then he looked around to see the one who had done this. 33 The woman was afraid and trembling, fully cognizant of what had happened to her; she came and fell down before him19 and told him the whole truth. 34 Then he told her, "My daughter, your trust has made you whole; go in peace and be well from your affliction."

35 Even as he was speaking, servants arrived from the synagogue-officer's household to tell him, "Your daughter has died; why bother the rabbi?" 36 Jesus had overheard what was said and told the officer, "Don't be afraid; just trust!"20And he wouldn't let anyone follow along with him except Peter and James and John, James' brother.21 38 They came to the officer's house, and Jesus observed the clamor: people doing a lot of crying and wailing; 39 then he went in and said to them, "Why this clamor? Why cry out? The child has not died, she's just sleeping." 40 Then they started laughing at him.22 But he sent them all out and then took the child's father and mother and the disciples with him and entered the room where they child lay. 41 He took the child's hand and said to her, "Talitha Koum! (in English that means, 'Little girl, I bid you arise.!)'"23 42 Right away the little girl arose and started walking about (she was 12 years old).2425 43 Then he repeatedly ordered that nobody should know of this,26 and he said she should be given something to eat. At this they were utterly beside themselves.

6:1 And he left that place and came into his home town,27 accompanied by his disciples. 2 And when the Sabbath came he began teaching in the synagogue, 3 and many as they heard him were asking in astonishment, "Where does he get this? What is this wisdom granted to him and such wondrous acts taking place through his efforts? 3 Isn't he Mary's son, the brother of James and Joses and Judah and Simon? Aren't his sister here before us?" In fact they were embarrassed by him.28 What Jesus told them was, "A prophet does not want for prestige unless its in his own home town and among his own kinfolk and in his own household."29 5 He couldn't perform any wondrous act there other than healing a few sick people by laying his hands upon them. He was amazed at their lack of trust.30

6 Then he circled through the villages roundabout, teaching all the time.31

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