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Frameworks: Mark's Gospel chapter 5


(The 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)




v.1-20 Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

v.21-24 Jesus is called to heal a dying girl

v.24-34 A Sick Woman is healed on the way: A Healing

v.35-43 Jesus raises the dead girl: A Resurrection


v.1-20 Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man:


v.1 (they cross the Lake, the Sea of Galilee) They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.

v.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.  

v.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.

v.6 (he comes to Jesus) When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.  

v.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!”  

v.8 (how had Jesus already spoken) For Jesus had said to him,  “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

v.9 (Jesus asks a question) Then Jesus asked him,  “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.”  

v.10 (the man pleads with Jesus) And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

v.11 (nearby) A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside.  

v.12 (the demons continue to plead with Jesus) The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.”  

v.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.

v.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.  

v.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.  

v.17 (they ask Jesus to leave) Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

v.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.  

v.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.”  

v.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.



v.21-24 Jesus is called to heal a dying girl


v.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 lake.  

v.22 (Jairus comes to Jesus) Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.  

v.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.”  

v.24 (Jesus agrees to come) So Jesus went with him.



v.24-34 A Sick Woman is healed on the way: A Healing


(it is a big crowd) A large crowd followed and pressed around him.  

v.25 (a needy woman is there) And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  

v.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.  

v.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.”  

v.29 (she is healed) Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

v.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?”

v.31 (the disciples doubt it) “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask,  ‘Who touched me?' ”

v.32  (Jesus persists) But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.  

v.33  (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.  

v.34  (Jesus commends her) He said to her,  “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”



v.35-43 Jesus raises the dead girl: A Resurrection


v.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 teacher anymore?”

v.36  (Jesus refutes it) Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him,  “Don't be afraid; just believe.”

v.37  (he goes on with the leading apostles only) He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.    

v.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.  

v. 39 (he challenges them) He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”  

v.40 (they deride him) But they laughed at him.

(he 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.  

v.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!” ).  

v.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.  

v.43 (he gives instructions) He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.