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The Healing Of Bartimaeus

Jesus Christ did many miraculous healings of people who were suffering from various illnesses and physical disabilities (and injuries, such as Malchus). Among them was the healing of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar at Jericho. Matthew and Mark, as independent "think for myself, see it for myself" witnesses, provide slightly different accounts of the same healing. Mark recorded only the healing of Bartimaeus, while Matthew recorded that two unnamed blind men were healed - one of which was Bartimaeus, who thereafter became a follower of the Messiah.

Matthew's account of the healing, of two unnamed blind men:

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"And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"

"The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

"And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

"They said to Him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."

"And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed Him." (Matthew 20:29-34 RSV)

Mark's account which focuses on Bartimaeus:

"And they came to Jericho; and as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when He heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth [see Nazarene], He began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

"And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

"And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, He is calling you." And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus."

"And Jesus said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

"And the blind man said to Him, "Master, let me receive my sight."

"And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Him on the way." (Mark 10:46-52 RSV)

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