Bible: Mark 7:31-8:9

Healing a Deaf Mute

7:31 Then 1  Jesus 2  went out again from the region of Tyre 3  and came through Sidon 4  to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 5  7:32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 7:33 After Jesus 6  took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s 7  ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 8  7:34 Then 9  he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha(that is, “Be opened). 10  7:35 And immediately the man’s 11  ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 7:36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 12  7:37 People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 13  Jesus 14  called his disciples and said to them, 8:2 I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 8:3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 8:4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people? 8:5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 8:6 Then 15  he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 16  they served the crowd. 8:7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8:8 Everyone 17  ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 8:9 There were about four thousand 18  who ate. 19  Then he dismissed them. 20 

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