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34全城的居民都出来要见耶稣,看见了他,就求他离开他们的地区。
34And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
34 Verse 34. The whole city came out] Probably with the intention

to destroy Jesus for having destroyed their swine; but, having

seen him, they were awed by his presence; and only besought him to

depart from their borders. Many rather chose to lose Jesus Christ

than those temporal goods by which they gratify their passions at

the expense of their souls. They love even their swine better

than their salvation.



Certain doctors in both sciences, divinity and physic, gravely

tell us that these demoniacs were only common madmen, and that the

disease was supposed, by the superstitious Jews, to be occasioned

by demons. But, with due deference to great characters, may not a

plain man be permitted to ask, by what figure of speech can it be

said that "two diseases besought-went out-filled a herd of

swine-rushed down a precipice?" &c. What silly trifling is this!

Some people's creeds will neither permit God nor the devil to

work; and, in several respects, hardly to exist. For he who

denies Divine inspiration, will scarcely acknowledge diabolic

influence. , and

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It is said, The whole city came out to meet Jesus. This means

no more than all the inhabitants of that place, which, most

probably, was no more than a small country village; or perhaps but

a few houses. I have observed that the inhabitants of the Zetland

Isles, in the North Seas, denominate any collection of houses a

town, even where there are but three or four: and thus I think

that the Jews denominated their villages, often calling them

cities.