Mark 5
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1They arrived in the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 2As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit 3and lived among the tombs. No one could restrain him any longer, not even with a chain. 4He had often been chained hand and foot. However, he snapped the chains off his hands and broke the chains from his feet. No one could control him. 5Night and day he was among the tombs and on the mountainsides screaming and cutting himself with stones. 6The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran [to Jesus], bowed down in front of him, 7and shouted, "Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me." 8He shouted this because Jesus said, "You evil spirit, come out of the man." 9Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He told Jesus, "My name is Legion [Six Thousand], because there are many of us." 10He begged Jesus not to send them out of the territory. 11A large herd of pigs was feeding on a mountainside nearby. 12The demons begged him, "Send us into the pigs! Let us enter them!" 13Jesus let them do this. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned.

14Those who took care of the pigs ran away. In the city and countryside they reported everything that had happened. So the people came to see what had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. The man was sitting there dressed and in his right mind. The people were frightened. 16Those who saw this told what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs. 17Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their territory. 18As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, "Let me stay with you." 19But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, "Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you." 20So the man left. He began to tell how much Jesus had done for him in the Ten Cities. Everyone was amazed.

21Jesus again crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee in a boat. A large crowd gathered around him by the seashore. 22A synagogue leader named Jairus also arrived. When he saw Jesus, he quickly bowed down in front of him. 23He begged Jesus, "My little daughter is dying. Come, lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live." 24Jesus went with the man. A huge crowd followed Jesus and pressed him on every side.

25In the crowd was a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years. 26Although she had been under the care of many doctors and had spent all her money, she had not been helped at all. Actually, she had become worse. 27Since she had heard about Jesus, she came from behind in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28She said, "If I can just touch his clothes, I'll get well." 29Her bleeding stopped immediately. She felt cured from her illness. 30At that moment Jesus felt power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" 31His disciples said to him, "How can you ask, 'Who touched me,' when you see the crowd pressing you on all sides?" 32But he kept looking around to see the woman who had done this. 33The woman trembled with fear. She knew what had happened to her. So she quickly bowed in front of him and told him the whole truth. 34Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness."

35While Jesus was still speaking to her, some people came from the synagogue leader's home. They told the synagogue leader, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?" 36When Jesus overheard what they said, he told the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid! Just believe." 37Jesus allowed no one to go with him except Peter and the two brothers James and John. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a noisy crowd there. People were crying and sobbing loudly. 39When he came into the house, he asked them, "Why are you making so much noise and crying? The child isn't dead. She's just sleeping." 40They laughed at him. So he made all of them go outside. Then he took the child's father, mother, and his three disciples and went to the child. 41Jesus took the child's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" which means, "Little girl, I'm telling you to get up!" 42The girl got up at once and started to walk. (She was twelve years old.) They were astonished. 43Jesus ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give the little girl something to eat.

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