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Mark 5:13 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

13. Gave them leave That is, as before said, after dismissing them from the man, he did not hold any control over their course. If they were able, like their fellow devils, to make any other lodgment, that was not our Lord’s present business. They had full leave, for aught he had to do. At any rate, better they should possess a beast than a man. We say this, because many have accused our Lord of doing a harm by sending them into the swine, and so destroying life and property. Our Lord drove them from the man, and that is all he had to do with them. For their own subsequent course of mischief they alone were chargeable, as truly as Judas or the Pharisees who blasphemed the Holy Ghost.

Ran violently down Devil upon brute! The ferment of the two combining natures produces madness. The swine ran into the sea and the devils went to their own place. This may have been the best way of driving him out of the human world to hell. And that is a second full answer to those who cavil, falsely as well as foolishly, that our Lord here destroyed the swineherd’s property. Surely our Lord is not responsible for the doings of the devils he expels from men.

Consult other comments:

Mark 5:13 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 5:13 - The Greek Testament

Mark 5:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 5:13 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 5:13 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 5:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 5:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 5:13 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 5:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 5:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 5:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 5:13 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 5:13 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 5:13 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Mark 5:13 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 5:13 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 5:13 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 5:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 5:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 5:13 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 5:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 5:13 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments