“When he came near,
Jesus asked him.
‘What do you want me
To do for you?’
Let me see again!’”
ἐγγίσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτόν
Τί σοι θέλεις ποιήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν Κύριε, ἵνα ἀναβλέψω.
Luke indicated that when the blind beggar came near to Jesus (ἐγγίσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ), he asked him (ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτόν) what he wanted Jesus to do for him (Τί σοι θέλεις ποιήσω). The blind beggar replied (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν), calling Jesus the Lord (Κύριε), that he wanted to see again (ἵνα ἀναβλέψω). Both Mark, chapter 10:51, and Matthew, chapter 20:32-33, are similar. Mark indicated that Jesus responded to Bartimaeus (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς). He wanted to know what he wished that Jesus could do for him (εἶπεν Τί θέλεις ποιήσω). The blind Bartimaeus replied to Jesus (ὁ δὲ τυφλὸς εἶπεν αὐτῷ) by addressing him as Rabbi or master teacher (Ῥαββουνεί). He wanted to see again, to regain his sight (ἵνα ἀναβλέψω). This did not seem that unusual. Matthew said that Jesus called (ἐφώνησεν αὐτοὺς) the two blind men. He wanted to know what they wanted him to do for them (καὶ εἶπεν Τί θέλετε ποιήσω ὑμῖν). They then called Jesus Lord (λέγουσιν αὐτῷ Κύριε). They wanted their eyes opened (ἵνα ἀνοιγῶσιν οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν) so that they could see. In all three synoptics, the blind man or men wanted to see again, a simple request. Do you want to see better?
“You will be saved from the loose woman.
You will be saved from the adulteress
With her smooth words.
She has forsaken the partner of her youth.
She has forgotten the covenant of her God.
Her house or way sinks down to death.
Her paths lead to the shades.
Those who go to her
Never come back.
They never regain the paths of life.”
The loose or strange woman was always a problem for young men. Notice this is specifically for young men, since there is no equivalent advice for young women to watch out for males who might want to commit adultery. This is an adulterous woman who uses smooth words to lure young men. Interestingly enough, the emphasis is on the wickedness of the woman, since the assumption was that the good young men would have to be led astray. She has forsaken the partner or companion of her youth for another young man. Actually that is what middle aged men do, not middle aged women. She has forgotten her covenant with God. She and her house would lead to death, as she lives in the shadows of life, not in the bright sunlight. Now came the big warning. Those who went to her would never return. Their whole life would be ruined. They would never regain the path of life. This was a strong warning to be aware of smooth talking middle aged women.
“Yahweh sends out from Zion
Your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes!
Your people will offer themselves willingly,
On the day you lead your forces,
On the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning,
Your youth will come to you.”
This is an extremely difficult passage to understand from the Hebrew text. It appears that Yahweh sends out the mighty scepter of David from Mount Zion in Jerusalem. King David would then rule in the middle of his foes and enemies. The people would offer themselves to David and be part of his armed forces. They would set out from the holy mountains. Somehow, David would regain his youth like the dew in the early morning.