We went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2When I got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet me. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
6When he saw me from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of me. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” 8For I had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!”
9Then I asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10And he begged me again and again not to send them out of the area.
11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged me, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13I gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to me, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man – and told about the pigs as well. 17Then the people began to plead with me to leave their region.
18As I was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with me. 19I did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much I had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
21When I had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around me while I was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing me, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded earnestly with me, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24So I went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around me. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about me, she came up behind me in the crowd and touched my cloak, 28because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30At once I realized that power had gone out from me. I turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31“You see the people crowding against you,” my disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32But I kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at my feet and, trembling with fear, told me the whole truth. 34I said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35While I was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”
36Ignoring what they said, I told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37I did not let anyone follow me except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When we came to the home of the synagogue ruler, I saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39I went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40But they laughed at me.
After I put them all out, I took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with me, and went in where the child was. 41I took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”) 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43I gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.