Mark 7:33
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New International Version
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue.

New Living Translation
Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man's ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man's tongue.

English Standard Version
And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.

Berean Study Bible
So Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into the man's ears. Then He spit and touched the man's tongue.

Berean Literal Bible
And having taken him away from the crowd privately, He put His fingers to his ears, and having spit, He touched his tongue,

New American Standard Bible
Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;

King James Bible
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So He took him away from the crowd privately. After putting His fingers in the man's ears and spitting, He touched his tongue.

International Standard Version
Jesus took him away from the crowd to be alone with him. Putting his fingers into the man's ears, he touched the man's tongue with saliva.

NET Bible
After Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man's ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue.

New Heart English Bible
He took him aside from the crowd, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he took him aside from the crowd alone and put his fingers in his ears and spat and he touched his tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus took him away from the crowd to be alone with him. He put his fingers into the man's ears, and after spitting, he touched the man's tongue.

New American Standard 1977
And He took him aside from the multitude by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And taking him aside from the multitude, he put his fingers into the man's ears; and spitting, he touched the man's tongue with the saliva;

King James 2000 Bible
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

American King James Version
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

American Standard Version
And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And taking him from the multitude apart, he put his fingers into his ears, and spitting, he touched his tongue:

Darby Bible Translation
And having taken him away from the crowd apart, he put his fingers to his ears; and having spit, he touched his tongue;

English Revised Version
And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue.

Weymouth New Testament
So Jesus taking him aside, apart from the crowd, put His fingers into his ears, and spat, and moistened his tongue;

World English Bible
He took him aside from the multitude, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
And having taken him away from the multitude by himself, he put his fingers to his ears, and having spit, he touched his tongue,
Study Bible
The Deaf and Mute Man
32Some people brought to Him a man who was deaf and hardly able to speak, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him. 33So Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34And looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”).…
Cross References
Jeremiah 1:9
Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

Matthew 26:67
Then they spat in His face and struck Him. Others slapped Him,

Mark 8:23
So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then He spit on the man's eyes and placed His hands on him. "Can you see anything?" He asked.

John 9:6
When Jesus had said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud, and applied it to the man's eyes.
Treasury of Scripture

And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

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John 9:6,7 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of …

put. This was clearly a symbolical action; for these remedies evidently could not, by their natural efficacy, avail to produce so wonderful an effect. As the ears of the deaf appear closed, he applies his fingers to intimate that he would open them; and as the tongue of the dumb seems to be tied, or to cleave to the palate, he touches it, to intimate he would give loose and free motion to it. He accommodated himself to the weakness of those who might not indeed doubt his power, but fancy some external sign was requisite to healing. It was also thus made manifest, that this salutiferous power came from Himself, and that He who by one word, [ephphatha,] had healed the man, must be Divine.

(33) He took him aside from the multitude.--We trace in this, and in the manual acts that followed, the same tender considerateness for the infirmities of the sufferer as in our Lord's treatment of the blind. (See Note on Matthew 9:29.) Here the man could not find in the pitying tones of the voice of the Healer that on which his faith could fasten, and the act came in to fill up the void.

Verse 33. - And he took him aside from the multitude privately. This was done, no doubt, to fix the attention of the afflicted man upon himself, and upon the fact that he was about to act upon his ears and his tongue. And he put (ἔβαλε) - literally, cast or thrust - his fingers into his ears. The action was very significant. It was as though he said, "I am about to open a passage for hearing through these ears." And he spat, and touched his tongue; that is, he touched his tongue with saliva from his own sacred lips. These symbolical actions must have had a great meaning for the afflicted man. They were a tableau vivant, an acted metaphor, teaching him what he might expect from the mercy of Christ. The analogy of the miracle recorded in St. John (John 9:6) should be noticed here. It is an interesting circumstance (noticed in the 'Speaker's Commentary') that, in the Latin Church, the officiating priest touches the nostrils and ears of those who are to be baptized, with saliva from his own mouth. We may be assured that, in the case before us, these signs used by our Lord were intended to awaken the afflicted man's faith, and to stir up in him the lively expectation of a blessing. And he took him aside from the multitude,.... To shun all appearance of ostentation and vain glory:

and put his fingers into his ears; the finger of his right hand into his left ear, and the finger of his left hand into his right ear:

and he spit and touched his tongue; that is, either he spit upon his tongue, for so the Vulgate Latin renders it, "spitting he touched his tongue"; and the Persic version thus, "he cast his spittle on his tongue"; or rather, he spit on his finger, and touched his tongue with it. These actions were not done as means of healing, or as having any natural virtue, or tendency in them, to effect a cure; but to show the power of Christ, that by the mere touch of his finger, and by the spittle of his mouth, as well as by laying on of hands, as was desired, and by a word speaking, he could at once remove this, or any such disorder. The taking this man aside from the multitude, is an emblem of the Lord's separating his people from the rest of the world, when he calls them by his grace; for as they are distinguished from others, in the choice of them in Christ, and in redemption by him; so in the effectual calling, they are bid to come out from among them, and by the power of divine grace, they are brought out from among them, and give up themselves to Christ, and to his churches: and Christ's putting his fingers into the ears of this man, represents the exertion of his power, and his removing by the finger of his Spirit, the obstructions of spiritual hearing; or rather, the planting of the spiritual ear, or forming a principle ot spiritual nearing in the soul: and his touching his tongue with the spittle of his mouth, may lead us to observe the application of his word, through the efficacy of his grace, as a means of loosing his tongue and opening his lips to show forth his praise. 33. And he took him aside from the multitude—As in another case He "took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town" (Mr 8:23), probably to fix his undistracted attention on Himself, and, by means of certain actions He was about to do, to awaken and direct his attention to the proper source of relief.

and put his fingers into his ears—As his indistinct articulation arose from his deafness, our Lord addresses Himself to this first. To the impotent man He said, "Wilt thou be made whole?" to the blind men, "What will ye that I shall do unto you?" and "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" (Joh 5:6; Mt 20:32; 9:28). But as this patient could hear nothing, our Lord substitutes symbolical actions upon each of the organs affected.

and he spit and touched his tongue—moistening the man's parched tongue with saliva from His own mouth, as if to lubricate the organ or facilitate its free motion; thus indicating the source of the healing virtue to be His own person. (For similar actions, see Mr 8:23; Joh 9:6).7:31-37 Here is a cure of one that was deaf and dumb. Those who brought this poor man to Christ, besought him to observe the case, and put forth his power. Our Lord used more outward actions in the doing of this cure than usual. These were only signs of Christ's power to cure the man, to encourage his faith, and theirs that brought him. Though we find great variety in the cases and manner of relief of those who applied to Christ, yet all obtained the relief they sought. Thus it still is in the great concerns of our souls.
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