1 Then Jesus and His disciples [finally] arrived on the other side of the lake [i.e., the east side] in the district of Geresa [Note: Matt. 8:28 says 'Gadara.' Geresa and Gadara were two towns 2 When Jesus left the boat, immediately a man with an evil spirit came from the graveyard to meet Him. 3 This man had been living in the graveyard and no one had been able to keep him tied up, not even with a chain. 4 He had often been bound with ropes and chains but had broken the chains off and torn the ropes to pieces. And no one had enough strength to subdue him. 5 And night and day, in the graveyard and in the mountains, he was always shouting out and cutting himself with [sharp] rocks.
6 When he saw Jesus from far away he ran to Him and worshiped Him. 7 And shouting with a loud voice, he said, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, in God's name, do not torture me." 8 For Jesus was saying to [the evil spirit in] him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit."
9 Then He asked [the evil spirit], "What is your name?" And he answered Him, "My name is 'Legion,' [Note: This word means a number consisting of between 5,000 and 6,000], for there are many of us [i.e., evil spirits]." 10 Then the spirits begged Jesus earnestly not to send them away out of the region.
11 On the side of a [nearby] mountain, a large herd of [wild] hogs was grazing. 12 miles apart in the same region east of Lake Galilee]. 12 The evil spirits begged Him, saying, "Send us into those [wild] hogs, so we can enter their bodies." 13 And He gave them permission to do it. So, the evil spirits went out of the man's body and entered the bodies of the [wild] hogs. The herd then rushed down the cliff into the lake. There were about two thousand that drowned in the lake. 14 Those who had been feeding them ran and told what all occurred in the town and around the countryside and [so] people came to find out what had happened. 15 And when people came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been dominated by 5,000 to 6,000 evil spirits sitting down with his clothes on and perfectly sane, and they were afraid. 16 Those who saw this told the people what had happened to the man dominated by the evil spirits and about the [wild] hogs. 17 So, they began begging Jesus to leave that region.
18 As He entered the boat the man who had been dominated by evil spirits begged for permission to be allowed to go with Him. 19 But Jesus would not allow him, saying to the man, "Go home to your friends [and family?] and tell them about the great things the Lord has done for you and how He had pity on you." 20 But the man went away and began telling people throughout Decapolis about all of the great things Jesus had done for him. [Note: "Decapolis" means "ten cities" and was a region located east of the Jordan River].
21 When Jesus had crossed over again in a boat to the other side [i.e., to the northwest shore of the lake, probably in the vicinity of Capernaum], a large crowd gathered around Him along the shore of the lake. 22 About then a man named Jairus, one of the officials of the synagogue, came to Jesus and, upon seeing Him, fell to the ground at His feet. 23 He begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is about to die; [please] come and place your hands on her so she may be healed and live."
24 So, Jesus went along with the man, and was being thronged by a large crowd that followed Him. 25 Then a woman, who had been bleeding for twelve years, came to Him. 26 She had suffered much at the hands of many doctors [i.e., through treatments and medication that only increased her discomfort] and had spent all her money [on medical bills] and yet got worse instead of better. 27 She had heard what Jesus was doing so came from the crowd behind Jesus and touched His robe. 28 For she had told herself, "If only I can touch his clothing, I will be healed." 29 And immediately her flow of blood stopped and she felt healed in her body from the affliction.
30 Just then Jesus perceived in Himself that [healing] power had gone out from Him so turned to the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothing?"
31 And His disciples said to Him, "You see the large crowd thronging you and yet you ask 'Who touched me'?"
32 Then He looked around to see who had done this [i.e., touched Him and received healing]. 33 But the woman became afraid and trembled with fear, for she knew what had happened to her [i.e., the healing], so she came and fell down in front of Jesus and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be [i.e., remain] healed from your affliction."
35 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue official's house and said [to the official], "Your daughter is dead; why are you bothering the Teacher any more?"
36 But Jesus disregarded what the person said and told the official, "Do not be afraid; just believe [i.e., in my power to restore your daughter]." 37 He did not allow anyone to follow Him [i.e., to the official's house] except Peter, James and his brother John. 38 And when they arrived at the synagogue official's house He saw a commotion there, with many people crying and wailing loudly. 39 And when He entered [the house] He said to them, "Why are you making such a commotion and crying? The child is not [really] dead, but only sleeping."
40 They laughed at Him scornfully. But after having all the people wait outside He took the child's father and mother, along with those who came with Him [i.e., Peter, James and John] and went in to where the [dead] child lay. 41 And taking the child by the hand He said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means "Little girl," (I tell you), "get up." 42 And immediately the little girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years old. [Upon seeing this] the people were completely amazed. 43 But He strictly ordered them not to tell anyone about this; then He told them to give the girl something to eat.