Matthew 20:34
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

New Living Translation
Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.

English Standard Version
And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

New American Standard Bible
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

King James Bible
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed Him.

International Standard Version
Then Jesus, deeply moved with compassion, touched their eyes, and at once they could see again. So they followed him.

NET Bible
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua was moved with pity for them and he touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes were opened and they went after him. Matthew

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus felt sorry for them, so he touched their eyes. Their sight was restored at once, and they followed him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus, having mercy on them, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

King James 2000 Bible
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

American King James Version
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

American Standard Version
And Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and straightway they received their sight, and followed him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus having compassion on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they saw, and followed him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus, moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes had sight restored to them, and they followed him.

English Revised Version
And Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes: and straightway they received their sight, and followed him.

Webster's Bible Translation
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Weymouth New Testament
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

World English Bible
Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.

Young's Literal Translation
and having been moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:29-34 It is good for those under the same trial, or infirmity of body or mind, to join in prayer to God for relief, that they may quicken and encourage one another. There is mercy enough in Christ for all that ask. They were earnest in prayer. They cried out as men in earnest. Cold desires beg denials. They were humble in prayer, casting themselves upon, and referring themselves cheerfully to, the Mediator's mercy. They showed faith in prayer, by the title they gave to Christ. Surely it was by the Holy Ghost that they called Jesus, Lord. They persevered in prayer. When they were in pursuit of such mercy, it was no time for timidity or hesitation: they cried earnestly. Christ encouraged them. The wants and burdens of the body we are soon sensible of, and can readily relate. Oh that we did as feelingly complain of our spiritual maladies, especially our spiritual blindness! Many are spiritually blind, yet say they see. Jesus cured these blind men; and when they had received sight, they followed him. None follow Christ blindly. He first by his grace opens men's eyes, and so draws their hearts after him. These miracles are our call to Jesus; may we hear it, and make it our daily prayer to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - Touched their eyes. Only St. Matthew mentions this action of our Lord; but in all other cases of the cure of blindness the healing touch of the Man accompanied the word of the God (comp. Matthew 9:29; Mark 8:23; John 9:6), and Christ did not now depart from his usual practice. Thus, as we have noticed before, he connected the cure with himself. He proved that his flesh taken unto the Godhead was life-giving, remedial, efficacious; and he confirmed the faith of the sufferers and bystanders by showing that there was no deceit or collusion. The other synoptists give Christ's assurance to the men, that the restoration of their sight was the reward of faith - a faith exhibited by the invocation of Jesus as "Son of David," by continued importunity amid surrounding difficulties, by confidence in his power and willingness to heal brought to a point by Christ's question, "What will ye that I shall do unto you?" They followed him. A fact only less remarkable than the miracle that led to it. The impulse of a grateful heart drew them along the road which the Saviour travelled. They may have accompanied him to Jerusalem, and joined the applauding multitude which escorted him to the holy city, and employed their new power of sight in observing that wonderful spectacle which the next few days afforded. One, at any rate, of these men, Bartimaeus, seems to have become known in the early Church as a devoted follower of Christ, and hence his name is recorded for all time in the sacred narrative.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So Jesus had compassion on them,.... His bowels moved towards them as a man; he pitied their miserable and distressed condition, and discovered the tenderness of his heart towards them by some outward sign, by his looks, or by some gesture or another:

and touched their eyes; with his bare hand, without the use of any instrument or medicine. The Ethiopic version adds; "and said unto them, according to your faith shall it be unto you"; which seems to be taken out of Matthew 9:29. The Evangelist Mark relates, that "Jesus said unto him (Bartimaeus) go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole": not that the virtue of healing came from the act of faith, but from the object of it; his faith was not the cause of, nor the reason why, but the way and means in and by which he received the cure:

and immediately their eyes received sight; or, as the Syriac and Persic versions render the words, "that moment their eyes were opened": the cure was wrought at once, directly; a clear proof of the omnipotence of Christ, and of his true and proper deity: the words, "their eyes", are not in some copies: and are omitted by the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, which read thus, "they immediately saw". The Persic version adds, and they saw the world; the men and things of it, which they either had never seen before, or, at least, for a considerable time; which must be a very surprising and agreeable sight to them.

And they followed him; in a corporal sense they joined the multitude, and went after him to Jerusalem; partly to express their gratitude for such a wonderful favour bestowed upon them; and partly that they might be witnesses of the power of his deity, and the truth of his Messiahship, as they went along, and at Jerusalem: and in a spiritual sense; they became his disciples, they embraced his doctrines, believed in him as the Messiah, submitted to his ordinances, imitated him in the exercise of grace, and in the performance of duty: for, at the same time he restored their bodily sight, he gave them a spiritual one to look to him, and follow him, the light of the world, that they might enjoy the light of life in another world.



Matthew 20:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Two Blind Men Receive Sight
33They said to Him, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened." 34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.
Cross References
Matthew 20:33
"Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."

Matthew 21:1
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
Treasury of Scripture

So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Jesus.

Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, …

Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with …

Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him, and said, I have compassion …

Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, Weep not.

John 11:33-35 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which …

Hebrews 2:17 Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers…

Hebrews 4:15,16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

touched.

Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you.

Mark 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into …

Luke 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer you thus far. And he touched …

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

and they.

Matthew 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and …

Psalm 119:67,71 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept your word…

Luke 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Jump to Previous
Able Compassion Eyes Fingers Followed Immediately Jesus Moved Pity Received Regained Restored Sight Straight Straightway Touched
Jump to Next
Able Compassion Eyes Fingers Followed Immediately Jesus Moved Pity Received Regained Restored Sight Straight Straightway Touched
Links
Matthew 20:34 NIV
Matthew 20:34 NLT
Matthew 20:34 ESV
Matthew 20:34 NASB
Matthew 20:34 KJV

Matthew 20:34 Bible Apps
Matthew 20:34 Bible Suite
Matthew 20:34 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 20:34 Chinese Bible
Matthew 20:34 French Bible
Matthew 20:34 German Bible

Alphabetical: and compassion eyes followed had him Immediately Jesus Moved on received regained sight their them they touched with

NT Gospels: Matthew 20:34 Jesus being moved with compassion touched their (Matt. Mat Mt) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Matthew 20:33
Top of Page
Top of Page