Matthew 9:27 KJV
And when Jesus departed thence,
two blind men followed him,
crying, and saying,
Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus passing on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
New King James Version
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
New American Standard Bible
As Jesus went on from there, two men who were blind followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
And when Jesus departed thence
The scene of this miracle was near Capernaum.
The blind men probably followed Him with their cry for aid immediately on His leaving the house of Jairus.
As ☆ Καὶ (Kai) ☆ Conjunction ☆ And, even, also, namely.
Jesus ☆ Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou) ☆ Noun – Dative Masculine Singular ☆ Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.
Went on ☆ παράγοντι (paragonti) ☆ Verb – Present Participle Active – Dative Masculine Singular ☆ To pass by, depart, pass away. From para and ago; to lead near, i.e. to go along or away.
From there ☆ ἐκεῖθεν (ekeithen) ☆ Adverb ☆ Thence, from that place. From ekei; thence.
Two blind men
Two blind men, who probably had heard of his being at the ruler’s house, and waited for his coming out;
The two narratives that follow are peculiar to Matthew.
The title by which the blind address our Lord as “the Son of David,” was that which expressed the popular belief that He was the expected Christ.
It is used afterwards by the woman of Canaan (Matthew 15:22), and again by the blind at Jericho (Matthew 20:30-31; Mark 10:47; Luke 18:38-39).
Two ☆ δύο (dyo) ☆ Adjective – Nominative Masculine Plural ☆ Two. A primary numeral; ‘two’.
Blind [men] ☆ τυφλοὶ (typhloi) ☆ Adjective – Nominative Masculine Plural ☆ Blind, physically or mentally. From, tuphoo; opaque, i.e. blind.
Followed him as he went through the streets, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us
Followed ☆ ἠκολούθησαν (ēkolouthēsan) ☆ Verb – Aorist Indicative Active – 3rd Person Plural ☆ To accompany, attend, follow. Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e. To accompany.
Him ☆ αὐτῷ (autō) ☆ Personal / Possessive Pronoun – Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular ☆ He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
Crying out ☆ κράζοντες (krazontes) ☆ Verb – Present Participle Active – Nominative Masculine Plural ☆ To cry aloud, shriek. A primary verb; properly, to ‘croak’ or scream, i.e. to call aloud.
Have mercy on us
Have mercy on us, that is, show compassion toward us in our affliction, and restore to us the blessing of sight.
As these men were blind, they could have no evidence of Christ’s miracles from their senses. They believed what they heard, they believed the testimony of others, who had seen them.
Viewed in this light, their persuasion of Christ’s power to cure them was an exercise of faith highly commendable in them, and which reflected great honour upon Jesus, as on the one hand it showed their sincerity and freedom from the prejudices which blinded the minds of the generality of the Jews; and, on the other, the truth and notoriety of his miracles.
It was, therefore, for the glory of God and for the edification of others, that the strength of their faith should be discovered.
This was done by their persevering to importune him to have mercy upon them, notwithstanding he seemed at the first to refuse them, and by the answer which they returned to his question concerning their faith
Have mercy on ☆ Ἐλέησον (Eleēson) ☆ Verb – Aorist Imperative Active – 2nd Person Singular ☆ To pity, have mercy on. From eleos; to compassionate.
Us, ☆ ἡμᾶς (hēmas) ☆ Personal / Possessive Pronoun – Accusative 1st Person Plural ☆ I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
Son of David
The title which they here give him, shows that they believed him to be the Messiah; for, at this time, it was not only universally understood that the Messiah would be a descendant of David, but “Son of David” was one of the names then ascribed to him by the Jews; see Matthew 12:23; and Matthew 22:42-45.
So, by “the Son of David” the Jews meant the Messiah.
He was the descendant or “Son of David” by way of eminence, Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32; Revelation 22:16.
This was therefore a profession of belief, on the part of these blind men, of the Messiahship of Jesus, and, at the same time, the expression of a belief that, being the Messiah, he could heal them.
Son ☆ υἱὸς (huios) ☆ Noun – Nominative Masculine Singular ☆ A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a ‘son’, used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.
Of David ☆ Δαυίδ (Dauid) ☆ Noun – Genitive Masculine Singular ☆ David, King of Israel. Of Hebrew origin; Dabid, the Israelite king.
If you’ve got the best eyes in the world, and you’re spiritually blind, you’ve never seen anything het.
If you are blind to your sin and guilt, blind to the beauty and glory of the Christ, the want of such radiance will bring you an eternal night.
These blind people saw a lot.
- They saw in the Lord Jesus the Son of David, the promised Messiah.
- They saw in Him that great Compassionate, Who was mighty to deliver them from their incurable ailment.
- They saw their great need and inability to help themselves.
The more our eyes are opened spiritually, the more we will see His glory. For He is the Son of David, who reigns forever.
After He had done all it took, to open the eyes of the blind.
They may now testify with the apostle: “But we see Jesus crowned with honor and glory.”
Now they may sing: “But the crown of glory blooms eternally, On the head of David’s great Son.”
Do you also have that living hope and that real desire?
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