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Jesus frees a demon-possessed man
1Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out of the tombs. 3This man lived among the tombs, and no one was ever strong enough to restrain him, even with a chain. 4He had been secured many times with leg irons and chains, but he broke the chains and smashed the leg irons. No one was tough enough to control him. 5Night and day in the tombs and the hills, he would howl and cut himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from far away, he ran and knelt before him, 7shouting, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!"
8He said this because Jesus had already commanded him, "Unclean spirit, come out of the man!"
9Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
He responded, "Legion is my name, because we are many."
10They pleaded with Jesus not to send them out of that region.
11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside. 12"Send us into the pigs!" they begged. "Let us go into the pigs!" 13Jesus gave them permission, so the unclean spirits left the man and went into the pigs. Then the herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.
14Those who tended the pigs ran away and told the story in the city and in the countryside. People came to see what had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the man who used to be demon-possessed. They saw the very man who had been filled with many demons sitting there fully dressed and completely sane, and they were filled with awe. 16Those who had actually seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man told the others about the pigs. 17Then they pleaded with Jesus to leave their region.
18While he was climbing into the boat, the one who had been demon-possessed pleaded with Jesus to let him come along as one of his disciples. 19But Jesus wouldn’t allow it. "Go home to your own people," Jesus said, "and tell them what the Lord has done for you and how he has shown you mercy." 20The man went away and began to proclaim in the Ten Cities all that Jesus had done for him, and everyone was amazed.
Jesus heals two people
21Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded with him, "My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live." 24So Jesus went with him.
A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. 29Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed.
30At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?"
31His disciples said to him, "Don’t you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’" 32But Jesus looked around carefully to see who had done it.
33The woman, full of fear and trembling, came forward. Knowing what had happened to her, she fell down in front of Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34He responded, "Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace, healed from your disease."
35While Jesus was still speaking with her, messengers came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying to Jairus, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?"
36But Jesus overheard their report and said to the synagogue leader, "Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting." 37He didn’t allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John, James’ brother. 38They came to the synagogue leader’s house, and he saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, "What’s all this commotion and crying about? The child isn’t dead. She’s only sleeping." 40They laughed at him, but he threw them all out. Then, taking the child’s parents and his disciples with him, he went to the room where the child was. 41Taking her hand, he said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Young woman, get up." 42Suddenly the young woman got up and began to walk around. She was 12 years old. They were shocked! 43He gave them strict orders that no one should know what had happened. Then he told them to give her something to eat.