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5 And they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2* And when he came out of the boat, at once there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his residence in the tombs, and whom no one could bind any longer, even with a chain; 4 because he had often been bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been wrenched apart by him and the fetters shattered, and nobody was able to subdue him. 5 And he was all the time, night and day, screaming and hacking himself with stones in the tombs and on the mountainsides. 6 And, seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran and did him reverence 7 and said with a loud scream “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torture me”— 8 for he was saying to him “Come out of the man, unclean spirit.” 9 And he put the question to him “What is your name?” and he said to him “My name is Brigade because there are many of us.” 10 And he appealed to him over and over not to send them off out of the country. 11 Now there was there at the foot of the mountain a large herd of hogs feeding; 12 and they appealed to him with the request “Send us among the hogs, so that we may go into them.” 13 And he gave them permission, and the unclean spirits came out and went into the hogs, and the herd bolted down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them, and were drowned in the sea; 14 and the men who were tending them ran away, and reported it in the city and in the fields, and they came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting down, clothed and sane, the one that had had the brigade, and they were afraid; 16 and those who had seen it told them the story of what had happened to the demoniac, and about the hogs; 17 and they began to appeal to him to go away from their territory. 18 And as he was stepping into the boat the man who had been demon-ridden appealed to him to let him be with him; 19 and he would not let him, but said to him “Go home to your people and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and what mercy he has shown you”; 20 and he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they all wondered at it. 21 And when Jesus had crossed over to the other side again in the boat, a great crowd gathered about him while he was by the seaside. 22 And there came one of the directors of the synagogue, Jair by name; and at seeing him he threw himself down at his feet 23 and appealed to him over and over, saying “My little daughter is at the point of death; come and lay your hands on her to make her get well and live”; 24 and he went off with him, and a great crowd followed him and were pressing against him. 25 And a woman who had been having a flow of blood twelve years, 26 and had had a great many things done to her by many physicians and spent everything in her house and got no good from it but rather grown worse, 27 having heard about Jesus, came in the crowd behind and touched his cloak— 28 for she said “If I touch even his clothes I shall be made well”—; 29* and at once the trickling of her blood dried up, and she felt that she was healed of her complaint. 30 And at once Jesus, recognizing that the power from him had gone out, turned back in the crowd and said “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him “You see the crowd pressing against you, and do you say ‘Who touched me’?” 32 And he looked around to see the one that had done that. 33 And the woman, frightened and trembling, knowing what she had had done to her, came and threw herself down before him and told him all the truth; 34 and he said to her “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go, and good betide you; be well of your complaint.” 35 While he was still speaking, people came from the director’s house saying “Your daughter has died; why put the teacher out anymore?” 36 But Jesus, overhearing the words spoken, said to the director “Do not be afraid, only believe.” 37 And he would not let anyone go along with him except Peter and James and James’s brother John. 38 And they came to the director’s house; and he saw a commotion, and people weeping and yelling at a great rate, 39 and he went in and said to them “Why are you raising a commotion and weeping? the child is not dead but asleep”; 40 and they laughed at him. But he, putting them all out of the house, took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was, 41 and grasped the child’s hand and said to her “Talitha, kum,” which means “Girl, stand up”; 42 and at once the girl rose and walked (for she was twelve years old), and they were at once seized with great surprise. 43 And he charged them over and over that nobody should know of this, and directed that she be given something to eat.