8:37 Then 1 all the people of the Gerasenes 2 and the surrounding region 3 asked Jesus 4 to leave them alone, 5 for they were seized with great fear. 6 So 7 he got into the boat and left. 8 8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 9 with him, but Jesus 10 sent him away, saying,
1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
2 tc See the tc note on “Gerasenes” in v. 26 for the same geographical options for the textual variants.
3 tn Grk “all the people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes,” but according to L&N 1.80, “περίχωρος may include not only the surrounding region but also the point of reference, for example…‘the Gerasenes and the people living around them’ Lk 8:37.”
4 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn Or “to depart from them.”
6 sn Again there is great fear at God’s activity, but there is a different reaction. Some people want nothing to do with God’s presence. Mark 5:16 hints that economic reasons motivated their request.
7 tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “so” to indicate that Jesus’ departure was the result of the Gerasenes’ response. A new sentence was started in the translation at this point for stylistic reasons.
8 tn Grk “returned,” but the effect is that he departed from the Gerasene region.
9 tn Grk “be,” that is, “remain.” In this context that would involve accompanying Jesus as he went on his way.
10 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.