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1 tn Grk “mountain,” but this might give the English reader the impression of a far higher summit.
2 tn Grk “they”; the referent (the demonic spirits) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 sn Many have discussed why Jesus gave them permission, since the animals were destroyed. However, this is another example of a miracle that is a visual lesson. The demons are destructive: They were destroying the man. They destroyed the pigs. They destroy whatever they touch. The point was to take demonic influence seriously, as well as Jesus’ power over it as a picture of the larger battle for human souls. There would be no doubt how the man’s transformation had taken place.