As they went out…
The Syriac version reads it, "when
Jesus went out"; to which agrees the Arabic, against all the copies:
for not he, but the men who had been blind, and now had their sight
restored, went out from the house where Jesus was; which
circumstance is mentioned, and by it the following account is
introduced, partly to show how busy Christ was, how he was
continually employed in doing good, and that as soon as one work of
mercy was over, another offered; and partly, to observe how closely
and exactly the prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled; in
which, as it was foretold, that "the eyes of the blind" should "be
opened"; so likewise, that "the tongue of the dumb" should "sing",
(Isaiah 35:5,6) .
Behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
word signifies one that is deaf, as well as dumb; as does the Hebrew
word (vrx) , often used by the Jewish writers for a deaf and dumb man;
one, they say F7, that can neither hear nor speak, and is unfit for
sacrifice, and excused many things: and indeed these two, deafness
and dumbness, always go together in persons, who are deaf from their
birth; for as they cannot hear, they cannot learn to speak: but this
man seems to be dumb, not by nature, but through the possession of
Satan, who had taken away, or restrained the use of his speech, out
of pure malice and ill will, that he might not have the benefit of
conversation with men, nor be able to say anything to the glory of
God. This man did not come of himself to Christ, perhaps being
unwilling, through the power and influence the devil had over him;
but his friends, who were concerned for his welfare, and who were
thoroughly persuaded of the power of Christ to heal him, by the
miracles they had seen, or heard performed by him, brought him to
him; and, no doubt, expressed their desire that he would cast out
the devil, and cure him, which he did.
F7 Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Trumot, c. 1. sect. 2. T. Bab.
Chagiga, fol. 2. 2.