The mute demon (Lk 11:14-11:14)

“Jesus was casting out

A demon

Who was mute.

When the demon

Had left him.

The mute person

Spoke.

The crowds

Were amazed.”

 

Καὶ ἦν ἐκβάλλων δαιμόνιον, καὶ αὐτὸ ἦν κωφόν· ἐγένετο δὲ τοῦ δαιμονίου ἐξελθόντος ἐλάλησεν ὁ κωφός. καὶ ἐθαύμασαν οἱ ὄχλοι·

 

Luke said that Jesus was casting out a demon (Καὶ ἦν ἐκβάλλων δαιμόνιον) who was in a mute person (καὶ αὐτὸ ἦν κωφόν).  When the demon had left (ἐγένετο δὲ τοῦ δαιμονίου ἐξελθόντος), the mute person spoke (ἐλάλησεν ὁ κωφός).  The crowds were amazed (καὶ ἐθαύμασαν οἱ ὄχλοι).  There was something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 9:32-33, and Matthew, chapter 12:22-23.  In chapter 9, Matthew said that Jesus was going on his way, when someone brought a mute or non-speaking demoniac person to him.  Jesus then cast out the demon from this man, so that this mute person began to speak.  The crowds marveled in awe at this happening.  They said that nothing like this had ever happened in Israel.  However, in chapter 8:28-33, Matthew had Jesus cast out demons from the demoniacs and send them into the pigs, but that was on the east side of the Jordan River.  In chapter 12 of Matthew, a man, possessed by the devil was both mute and blind.  Jesus then healed him, but there was no mention of casting out a demon from this man, although that could be assumed.  Then this mute and blind person began to speak and see, with the emphasis on healing, not on exorcising.  This crowd was also amazed or astonished about what they saw.  They wondered whether Jesus was the Son of David.  The historical son of David was Solomon, who also had healing powers.  “Son of David (υἱὸς Δαυείδ)” was also a royal or messianic name.  However, here in Luke, exorcising the demon was important, rather than healing or any messianic expectation.  Have you ever seen a mute person speak?

Jesus cures the blind and mute man (Mt 12:22-12:22)

“Then they brought to him

A demoniac

Who was blind

And mute.

Jesus cured him.

Thus,

The one who had been mute

Could speak

And see.”

 

Τότε προσηνέχθη αὐτῷ δαιμονιζόμενος τυφλὸς καὶ κωφός· καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν αὐτόν, ὥστε τὸν κωφὸν λαλεῖν καὶ βλέπειν.

 

There is something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 9:32-33, and Luke, chapter 11:14.  In the other texts, the man was only mute not blind.  Here they brought to Jesus, a man who was possessed by the devil (Τότε προσηνέχθη αὐτῷ δαιμονιζόμενος).  He was a mute or non-speaking demoniac and a blind person (τυφλὸς καὶ κωφός·).  Jesus then healed or cured him (καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν αὐτόν).  There was no mention of casting out the demon from this man.  Then this mute and blind person began to speak (ὥστε τὸν κωφὸν λαλεῖν) and see (καὶ βλέπειν).  The emphasis in this story was on healing not on exorcising.

The mute demoniac speaks (Mt 9:32-9:33)

“As they were going along,

They brought to him

A demoniac

Who was mute.

When the demon

Had been cast out,

The one who had been mute

Spoke.

The crowds were amazed.

Saying.

‘Never was anything

Like this been seen

In Israel.’”

 

Αὐτῶν δὲ ἐξερχομένων, ἰδοὺ προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ κωφὸν δαιμονιζόμενον.

αὶ ἐκβληθέντος τοῦ δαιμονίου ἐλάλησεν ὁ κωφός. καὶ ἐθαύμασαν οἱ ὄχλοι λέγοντες Οὐδέποτε ἐφάνη οὕτως ἐν τῷ Ἰσραήλ.

 

There is something similar to this in chapter 12:22-23 of Matthew and Luke, chapter 11:14.  Once again, Jesus and his disciples were going along their way (Αὐτῶν δὲ ἐξερχομένων) when someone brought a mute or non-speaking demoniac person to Jesus (ἰδοὺ προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ κωφὸν δαιμονιζόμενον).  Jesus then cast out the demon from this man (αὶ ἐκβληθέντος τοῦ δαιμονίου).  Then this mute person began to speak (ἐλάλησεν ὁ κωφός).  The crowds marveled or were amazed or in awe at this happening (καὶ ἐθαύμασαν οἱ ὄχλοι).  They said that nothing like this had ever happened in Israel (λέγοντες Οὐδέποτε ἐφάνη οὕτως ἐν τῷ Ἰσραήλ).  However, in chapter 8:28-33, Matthew had Jesus cast out demons from the demoniacs and send them into the pigs.