20:29 As they were leaving Jericho, 1 a large crowd followed them. 20:30 Two 2 blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, 3 “Have mercy 4 on us, Lord, Son of David!” 5 20:31 The 6 crowd scolded 7 them to get them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Lord, have mercy on us, 8 Son of David!” 20:32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 20:33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 20:34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
3 tn Grk “shouted, saying.” The participle λέγοντες (legontes) is redundant here in contemporary English and has not been translated.
4 sn Have mercy on us is a request for healing. It is not owed to the men. They simply ask for God’s kind grace.
5 sn 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]).
6 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
7 tn Or “rebuked.” The crowd’s view was that surely Jesus would not be bothered with someone as unimportant as a blind beggar.
8 tc ‡ The majority of