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Bible Commentaries

The Gospels Compared

Mark 5

Verses 1-20

Jesus sends the demons into a herd of pigs
Matthew 8:28-34Mark 5:1-20Luke 8:26-39
Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes,Mark 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.Luke 8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.Mark 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,Luke 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes,
Mark 5:3 Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:neither abode in [any] house, but in the tombs.
Mark 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him. Mark 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.Luke 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Mark 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,Luke 8:28 When he saw Jesus,
Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, [thou] Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, [thou] Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
Mark 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, [thou] unclean spirit.Luke 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Mark 5:9 And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many.Luke 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
Mark 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.Luke 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
Matthew 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.Mark 5:11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.Luke 8:32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain:
Matthew 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.Mark 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
Matthew 8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.Mark 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.Luke 8:33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
Matthew 8:33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.Mark 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told [it] in the city, and in the country.Luke 8:34 When they that fed [them] saw what was done, they fled, and went and told [it] in the city and in the country.
And they went out to see what it was that was done.Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done;
Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: Mark 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
and when they saw him, Mark 5:16 And they that saw [it] told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and [also] concerning the swine.Luke 8:36 They also which saw [it] told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
they besought [him] that he would depart out of their coasts.Mark 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.Luke 8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear:
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Mark 5:18 And when he was come into the ship,Luke 8:37 and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.Luke 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him:
Mark 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him,but Jesus sent him away, saying,
Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.Luke 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee.
Mark 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all [men] did marvel.And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

Verses 21-43

Jesus restores a girl to life and heals a bleeding woman
Matthew 9:18-26Mark 5:21-43Luke 8:40-56
Mark 5:21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, Luke 8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned,
Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them,much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.the people [gladly] received him: for they were all waiting for him.
behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, Mark 5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,Luke 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet,
My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.Mark 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: [I pray thee], come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.and besought him that he would come into his house:
Matthew 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and [so did] his disciples.Mark 5:24 And [Jesus] went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.Luke 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,Luke 8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years,
Mark 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment:Mark 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.Luke 8:44 Came behind [him], and touched the border of his garment:
Matthew 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.Mark 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Mark 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague.and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?Luke 8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied,
Mark 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press [thee], and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mark 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.Luke 8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
Mark 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.Luke 8:47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.Luke 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s [house certain] which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?Luke 8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s [house], saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard [it], he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Mark 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.Luke 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
Matthew 9:23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,Mark 5:38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. Mark 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.Luke 8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
And they laughed him to scorn.Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. Luke 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
Matthew 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in,But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.Luke 8:54 And he put them all out,
and took her by the hand, Mark 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
and the maid arose.Mark 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. Luke 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
Matthew 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Mark 5:43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.Luke 8:56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
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