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1: (Mt 8:28,Lu 8:26).
2: There met him a man with an unclean spirit - St. Matthew
mentions two. Probably this, so particularly spoken of here,
was the most remarkably fierce and ungovernable.
9: My name is Legion! for we are many - But all these seem to
have been under one commander, who accordingly speaks all
along, both for them and himself.
15: And they were afraid - It is not improbable they might
otherwise have offered some rudeness, if not violence.
18: (Mt 9:1,Lu 8:37);
19: Tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee - This
was peculiarly needful there, where Christ did not go in person.
20: He published in Decapolis - Not only at home, but in all that
country where Jesus himself did not come.
21: (Lu 8:40).
22: One of the rulers of the synagogue - To regulate the affairs
of every synagogue, there was a council of grave men. Over
these was a president, who was termed the ruler of the synagogue.
Sometimes there was no more than one ruler in a synagogue.(Mt 9:18,Lu 8:41).
25: (Mt 9:20,Lu 8:43).
37: John, the brother of James - When St. Mark wrote, not long
after our Lord's ascension, the memory of St. James, lately
beheaded, was so fresh, that his name was more known than that
of John himself.
40: Them that were with him - Peter, James, and John.
43: He charged them that no man should know it - That he might
avoid every appearance of vain glory, might prevent too great
a concourse of people, and might not farther enrage the scribes
and Pharisees against him; the time for his death, and for the
full manifestation of his glory, being not yet come. He
commanded something should be given her to eat - So that when
either natural or spiritual life is restored, even by immediate
miracle, all proper means are to be used in order to preserve it.