Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man (two demon-possessed men) with an unclean spirit so fierce that no one could pass that way. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. He would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me. Have you come here to torment us before the time?” For [Jesus] was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”

And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country.

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country, [telling] everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, [they] asked him to depart from them [and] begged him to leave their region, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

Mark 5:1-2; Matthew 8:28; Luke 8:27; Mark 5:3-4; Luke 8:29; Mark 5:5-7; Matthew 8:29; Mark 5:8-14; Matthew 8:33; Luke 8:35; Mark 5:16; Luke 8:37; Matthew 8:34; Mark 5:18-20

Matthew’s Gospel describes two demon-possessed men while Mark and Luke describe only one.