Mark's Gospel chapter 5
objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each
verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man: A Deliverance
Jesus is called to heal a dying girl
A Sick Woman is healed on the way: A Healing
Jesus raises the dead girl: A Resurrection
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man: A
(they cross the Lake) They
went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.
2 (on arrival they are met)
When Jesus got out of the boat, a
man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.
3-5 (the state and life of
the man) This man lived in the
tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.
For 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.
Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would
cry out and cut himself with stones.
6 (he comes to Jesus)
When he saw Jesus from a distance,
he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.
7 (he challenges Jesus)
He shouted at the top of his voice,
“What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In
God's name don't torture me!”
8 (how had Jesus already spoken)
For Jesus had said to him,
“Come out of this man, you
9 (Jesus asks a question)
Then Jesus asked him, “What
is your name?” “My name is
Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”
10 (the man pleads with Jesus)
And he begged Jesus again and again
not to send them out of the area.
11 (nearby ) A
large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.
12 (the demons continue to
plead with Jesus) The demons
begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”
13 (Jesus consents) He
gave them permission, and the impure 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.
14 (the story is told)
Those tending the pigs ran off and
reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went
out to see what had happened.
15,16 (what they found)
When they came to Jesus, 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. Those
who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed
man—and told about the pigs as well.
17 (they ask Jesus to leave)
Then the people began to plead with
Jesus to leave their region.
18 (the man makes a request)
As Jesus was getting into the boat,
the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
19 (Jesus instructs him)
Jesus did not let him, but said,
“Go home to your own people
and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how
he has had mercy on you.”
20 (the man obeys) So
the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how
much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Jesus is called to heal a dying girl
21 (Jesus returns) When
Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the
lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the
22 (Jairus comes to Jesus)
Then one of the synagogue leaders, named
Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
23 (he pleads for help for
his daughter) He pleaded earnestly
with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your
hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
24 (Jesus agrees to come)
So Jesus went with him.
A Sick Woman is healed on the way: A
is a big crowd) A large crowd
followed and pressed around him.
25 (a needy woman is there)
And a woman was there who had been
subject to bleeding for twelve years.
26 (her plight) She
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.
27,28 (she seeks to touch
Jesus) When she heard about
Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
because she thought,
“If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
29 (she is healed) Immediately
her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed
from her suffering.
30 (Jesus senses it)
At once Jesus realized that power had
gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked,
“Who touched my clothes?”
31 (the disciples doubt it)
“You see the people crowding against
you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who
touched me?' ”
32 (Jesus persists )
But Jesus kept looking around to
see who had done it.
(the woman confesses) Then
the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at
his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
(Jesus commends her) He
said to her, “Daughter,
your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed
from your suffering.”
Jesus raises the dead girl: A
35 (news comes of the girl's
death) While Jesus was still
speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue
leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the
36 (Jesus refutes it)
Overhearing what they said,
Jesus told him, “Don't
be afraid; just believe.”
goes on with the leading apostles only) He
did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the
brother of James.
38 (there is lament at the
house) When they came to the
home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with
people crying and wailing loudly.
39 (he challenges them) He
went in and said to them, “Why
all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
40 (they deride him)
But they laughed at him.
goes to the girl) After he put
them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples
who were with him, and went in where the child was.
41 (he raises her) He
took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha
koum!” (which means
“Little girl, I say to you,
get up!” ).
42 (she is restored)
Immediately the girl stood up and
began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they
were completely astonished.
43 (he gives instructions)
He gave strict orders not to let
anyone know about this, and told them to give her something