Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 1 and the demonic spirits 2 begged Jesus 3 to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 4
Le 11:7; 1Ki 22:22; Job 1:10; Job 1:12; Job 2:6; Ps 62:11; Isa 65:4; Isa 66:3; Mt 8:30-33; Mr 5:11-13; Joh 19:11; 1Jo 4:4; Re 20:7
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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.