107 Two blind men want to see.

Matthew 20:29–34; Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43

Matthew says there were two blind men, but Mark and Luke mention only one (Matthew 20:29; Mark 10:46; Luke 18:35). How can both be correct?

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If Bartimaeus was blind, how could he know Jesus was coming (Luke 18:36–38)?

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Why did the crowd want the blind men to keep quiet (Matthew 20:31)?

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If Bartimaeus had been yelling enough for the crowd to keep trying to quiet him, why didn’t Jesus call for him earlier (Mark 10:49)?

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How much difficulty did Bartimaeus have in getting to Jesus (Mark 10:50)?

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If Jesus knew Bartimaeus was blind, why did he ask what he wanted (Mark 10:51)?

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What factors contributed to the men being healed (Matthew 20:34; Luke 18:42)?

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How might the attitude of the crowd have changed after Jesus healed the men they had rebuked (Luke 18:43)?

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As Jesus and the disciples left Jericho, a large crowd followed.

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:29 As Jesus and the disciples left Jericho, a large crowd followed.
Mark 10:46 As Jesus and the disciples left Jericho, a large crowd followed. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) sat by the side of the road, begging.
Luke 18:35 As Jesus was passing near Jericho, a blind man sat by the side of the road, begging.
King James

Matthew 20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
Luke 18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:

Two blind men, including one named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus), sat by the side of the road, begging. Hearing the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was near, he cried out, “Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:30 Sitting on the side of the road, two blind men heard that Jesus was coming toward them. “Sir, Son of David,” they shouted, “have mercy on us.”
Mark 10:46–47 As Jesus and the disciples left Jericho, a large crowd followed. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) sat by the side of the road, begging. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was coming, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Luke 18:35–38 As Jesus was passing near Jericho, a blind man sat by the side of the road, begging. Hearing the crowd going by, the blind man asked what was happening. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was near, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
King James

Matthew 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mark 10:46–47 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Luke 18:35–38 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Those in the crowd who were closest to him rebuked the blind men and told them to be quiet.

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:31 When the crowd rebuked them, telling them to keep quiet, they shouted even louder, “Sir, Son of David, have mercy on us.”
Mark 10:48 Many rebuked him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Luke 18:39 Those in the crowd who were closest to him rebuked him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
King James

Matthew 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mark 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

The men shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on us.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:31 When the crowd rebuked them, telling them to keep quiet, they shouted even louder, “Sir, Son of David, have mercy on us.”
Mark 10:48 Many rebuked him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
Luke 18:39 Those in the crowd who were closest to him rebuked him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
King James

Matthew 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mark 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

So Jesus stopped and called for them.

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:32 So Jesus stopped and called for them. “What do you want me to do for you?”
Mark 10:49 So Jesus stopped and called for him. “You can quit yelling now,” people said to the blind man. “He has asked to see you.”
Luke 18:39 Those in the crowd who were closest to him rebuked him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
King James

Matthew 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
Mark 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

“You can quit yelling now,” people said to the blind men. “He has asked to see you.”

Eyewitness

Mark 10:49 So Jesus stopped and called for him. “You can quit yelling now,” people said to the blind man. “He has asked to see you.”
King James

Mark 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

Bartimaeus threw his coat aside, stood up, and was led to Jesus.

Eyewitness

Mark 10:50 He threw his coat aside, stood up, and was led to Jesus.
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Mark 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus said.

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:32 So Jesus stopped and called for them. “What do you want me to do for you?”
Mark 10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus said. “Teacher, heal my eyes so I can see.”
Luke 18:41 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus said. “Heal my eyes, sir, so I can see.”
King James

Matthew 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
Mark 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
Luke 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

“Heal my eyes, sir, so I can see.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:33 “Heal our eyes, sir, so we can see.”
Mark 10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus said. “Teacher, heal my eyes so I can see.”
Luke 18:41 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus said. “Heal my eyes, sir, so I can see.”
King James

Matthew 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
Mark 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
Luke 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

Having compassion for them, he touched their eyes. “Look around. Because you believed, you now can see.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:34 Having compassion for them, he touched their eyes. Immediately, their eyes were healed, and they joined those who followed him.
Mark 10:52 Look around. Because you believed, you now can see.” Immediately, his eyes were healed, and he joined those who followed him.
Luke 18:42 “Look around. Because you believed, you now can see.”
King James

Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Luke 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Immediately, their eyes were healed, and they joined those who followed him, glorifying God. All who saw the miracle praised God as well.

Eyewitness

Matthew 20:34 Having compassion for them, he touched their eyes. Immediately, their eyes were healed, and they joined those who followed him.
Mark 10:52 Look around. Because you believed, you now can see.” Immediately, his eyes were healed, and he joined those who followed him.
Luke 18:43 Immediately, his eyes were healed, and he joined those who followed him, glorifying God. All who saw the miracle praised God as well.
King James

Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Luke 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.