is extremely common in the East from many causes. Blind beggars figure repeatedly in the New Testament (Matthew 12:22) and "opening the eyes of the blind" is mentioned in prophecy as a peculiar attribute of the Messiah. (Isaiah 29:18; 42:7) etc. The Jews were specially charged to treat the blind with compassion and care. (Leviticus 19:14; 27:18) Blindness willfully inflicted for political or other purposes is alluded to in Scripture. (1 Samuel 11:2; Jeremiah 39:7)
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Bibliography Information Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Blindness'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". <http://classic.studylight.org/dic/sbd/view.cgi?number=T802>. 1901.