So they came to the other side of the lake, into the country of the Gerasenes. As he stepped ashore, a man possessed by an unclean spirit came up to him from among the tombs where he had been dwelling. He could no longer be controlled; even chains were useless; he had often been fettered and chained up, but he had snapped the chains and broken the fetters. No one was strong enough to master him.
And so unceasingly, day and night, he would cry aloud among the tombs and on the hillsides, and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus in the distance, he ran and flung himself down before him, shouting loudly, “What do you want of me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? In God’s name, do not torment me!” (For Jesus was already saying to him, “Out, unclean spirit, come out of the man!”
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he said. “There are so many of us.” And he begged hard that Jesus would not send them out of the country. Now there happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside, and the spirits begged him, “Send us among the piges and let us go into them.”
He gave them leave; and the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs; and the herd, of about two thousand, rushed over the edge into the lake and drowned.
The men in charge of them took to their heels and carried the news to the town and countryside; and the people came out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the madman who had been possessed by the legion of devils, sitting there clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. The spectators told them how the madman had been cured and what had happened to the pigs. Then they begged Jesus to leave the district.
As he was stepping into the boat, the man who had been possessed begged to go with him.
Jesus would not allow it, but said to him, “Go home to your own folk and tell them what the Lord in His mercy has done for you.”
The man went off and spread the news in the Ten Towns of all that Jesus had done for him; and they were all amazed.