February 3, 2014, Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark  5: 1-20

5:1 And they went across the strait of the sea into the region of the Gerasenes.
5:2 And as he was departing from the boat, he was immediately met, from among the tombs, by a man with an unclean spirit,
5:3 who had his dwelling place with the tombs; neither had anyone been able to bind him, even with chains.
5:4 For having been bound often with shackles and chains, he had broken the chains and smashed the shackles; and no one had been able to tame him.
5:5 And he was always, day and night, among the tombs, or in the mountains, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
5:6 And seeing Jesus from afar, he ran and adored him.
5:7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said: “What am I to you, Jesus, the Son of the Most High God? I beseech you by God, that you not torment me.”
5:8 For he said to him, “Depart from the man, you unclean spirit.”
5:9 And he questioned him: “What is your name?” And he said to him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
5:10 And he entreated him greatly, so that he would not expel him from the region.
5:11 And in that place, near the mountain, there was a great herd of swine, feeding.
5:12 And the spirits entreated him, saying: “Send us into the swine, so that we may enter into them.”
5:13 And Jesus promptly gave them permission. And the unclean spirits, departing, entered into the swine. And the herd of about two thousand rushed down with great force into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea.
5:14 Then those who pastured them fled, and they reported it in the city and in the countryside. And they all went out to see what was happening.
5:15 And they came to Jesus. And they saw the man who had been troubled by the demon, sitting, clothed and with a sane mind, and they were afraid.
5:16 And those who had seen it explained to them how he had dealt with the man who had the demon, and about the swine.
5:17 And they began to petition him, so that he would withdraw from their borders.
5:18 And as he was climbing into the boat, the man who had been troubled by the demons began to beg him, so that he might be with him.
5:19 And he did not permit him, but he said to him, “Go to your own people, in your own house, and announce to them how great are the things that Lord has done for you, and how he has taken pity on you.”
5:20 And he went away and began to preach in the Ten Cities, how great were the things that Jesus had done for him. And everyone wondered.

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