The deaf person (Mk 7:32-7:32)

“They brought

To Jesus

A deaf man,

Who had an impediment

In his speech.

They begged him

To lay his hand

On him.”


Καὶ φέρουσιν αὐτῷ κωφὸν καὶ μογιλάλον, καὶ παρακαλοῦσιν αὐτὸν ἵνα ἐπιθῇ αὐτῷ τὴν χεῖρα.


This healing is unique to Mark.  They brought a deaf man to Jesus (Καὶ φέρουσιν αὐτῷ κωφὸν).  This deaf person also had an impediment in his speech, since he had a hard time talking (καὶ μογιλάλον).  They begged Jesus (καὶ παρακαλοῦσιν αὐτὸν) to lay his hand on him (ἵνα ἐπιθῇ αὐτῷ τὴν χεῖρα).  Deaf and mute people were considered to be mentally retarded so that we often hear the term deaf and dumb.  Therefore, they could not be an adult with adult responsibilities.