A selection of verses showing what the Bible says about demons.

Demon-possessed people are healed in the same way as those with every other illness:

Matthew 4 verse 24

24 The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them.

A dumb man is said to be demon-possessed:

Matthew 9 verse 32

32 As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.

When a demon-possessed man is cured, he is described as being in his right mind:

Mark 5 verse 15

15 They came to Jesus, and saw him who had been possessed by demons sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, even him who had the legion; and they were afraid.

John the Baptiser's unusual habit of not eating bread or drinking wine is referred to as having a demon:

Luke 7 verse 33

33  For John the Baptiser came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 

Jesus Christ is accused of having a demon when he accuses the Jews of wanting to kill him, and when he says things they think are impossible:

John 7 verse 20

20 The multitude answered, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?” 

John 8 verse 52

52 Then the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’

Insanity is thought to be caused by a demon:

John 10 verse 20

20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?”

Anyone with a mental illness or inexplicable behaviour is said to have a demon.