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Mark 10:47-48

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10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to shout, 1  “Jesus, Son of David, 2  have mercy 3  on me!” 10:48 Many scolded 4  him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

1 tn Grk “to shout and to say.” The infinitive λέγειν (legein) is redundant here and has not been translated.

2 sn Jesus was more than a Nazarene to this blind person, who saw quite well that Jesus was Son of David. There was a tradition in Judaism that the Son of David (Solomon) had great powers of healing (Josephus, Ant. 8.2.5 [8.42-49]).

3 sn Have mercy on me is a request for healing. It is not owed the man. He simply asks for God’s kind grace.

4 tn Or “rebuked.” The crowd’s view was that surely Jesus would not be bothered with someone as unimportant as a blind beggar.



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