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10.6 Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more,
"Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49 And Jesus stopped and said,
"Call him."
And they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take heart. Get up; he is calling you."
50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
And the blind man said to him,
"Rabbi, let me recover my sight."
52 And Jesus said to him,
"Go your way; your faith has made you well."
And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Isaiah (This book, written by Isaiah, a prophet in Jerusalem between BC 740 and BC 690, is part of Israel's national archives. It is included in all Christian Bibles because much of what Isaiah wrote regfers to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.)
In this chapter (9) Isaiah looks forward to the coming Messiah who will be a descendant of King David (see verse 7), who reigned over Israel between 1000 BC and 970 BC.

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2  The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3  You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4  For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5  For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6  For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7  Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

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