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Luke 18:35 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And it came to pass, as he drew nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And it came to pass, that as he had come nigh to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And it came to pass when he came into the neighbourhood of Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the wayside begging.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And it came to pass, as he was drawing near unto Jericho, a certain blind man, was sitting beside the road, begging.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And it came to pass, in his coming nigh to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the way begging,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And it came to passe, that as he was come nigh vnto Iericho, a certaine blinde man sate by the way side, begging,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And as he drew nigh to Jirichu, a certain blind man was sitting by the road-side, and begging.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And as they came near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the side of the way, begging.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
it came to pass, 1096
{1096} Prime
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
<5633> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 260
that as y1722
[1722] Standard
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
he 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
was come nigh 1448
{1448} Prime
From G1451; to make near, that is, (reflexively) approach.
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
unto 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
Jericho, 2410
{2410} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H3405]; Jericho, a place in Palestine.
a certain 5100
{5100} Prime
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
blind man 5185
{5185} Prime
From G5187; opaque (as if smoky), that is, (by analogy) blind (physically or mentally).
sat 2521
{2521} Prime
From G2596 and ἧμαι [[hemai]] (to sit; akin to the base of G1476); to sit down; figuratively to remain, reside.
<5711> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 184
by 3844
{3844} Prime
A primary preposition; properly near, that is, (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local [especially beyond or opposed to] or causal [on account of]). In compounds it retains the same variety of application.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
way side 3598
{3598} Prime
Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively a mode or means.
begging: 4319
{4319} Prime
From G4314 and G0154; to ask repeatedly (importune), that is, solicit.
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Luke 18:35

_ _ Luke 18:35-43. Blind man healed.

_ _ In Matthew 20:29-34, they are two, as in the case of the Demoniac of Gadara. In Matthew and Mark (Mark 10:46-52) the occurrence is connected with Christ’s departure from Jericho; in Luke with His approach to it. Many ways of accounting for these slight divergences of detail have been proposed. Perhaps, if we knew all the facts, we should see no difficulty; but that we have been left so far in the dark shows that the thing is of no moment any way. One thing is plain, there could have been no collusion among the authors of these Gospels, else they would have taken care to remove these “spots on the sun.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Luke 18:35-43

_ _ Christ came not only to bring light to a dark world, and so to set before us the objects we are to have in view, but also to give sight to blind souls, and by healing the organ to enable them to view those objects. As a token of this, he cured many of their bodily blindness: we have now an account of one to whom he gave sight near Jericho. Mark gives us an account of one, and names him, whom he cured as he went out of Jericho, Mark 10:46. Matthew speaks of two whom he cured as they departed from Jericho, Matthew 20:30. Luke says it was en t engizein autonwhen he was near to Jericho, which might be when he was going out of it as well as when he was coming into it. Observe,

_ _ I. This poor blind man sat by the wayside, begging, Luke 18:35. It seems, he was not only blind, but poor, had nothing to subsist on, nor any relations to maintain him; the fitter emblem of the world of mankind which Christ came to heal and save; they are therefore wretched and miserable, for they are both poor and blind, Revelation 3:17. He sat begging, for he was blind, and could not work for his living. Note, Those ought to be relieved by charity whom the providence of God has any way disabled to get their own bread. Such objects of charity by the way-side ought not to be overlooked by us. Christ here cast a favourable eye upon a common beggar, and, though there are cheats among such, yet they must not therefore be all thought such.

_ _ II. Hearing the noise of a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant, Luke 18:36. This we had not before. It teaches us that it is good to be inquisitive, and that those who are so some time or other find the benefit of it. Those who want their sight should make so much the better use of their hearing, and, when they cannot see with their own eyes, should, by asking questions, make use of other people's eyes. So this blind man did, and by that means came to understand that Jesus of Nazareth passed by, Luke 18:37. It is good being in Christ's way; and, when we have an opportunity of applying ourselves to him, not to let it slip.

_ _ III. His prayer has in it a great deal both of faith and fervency: Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me, Luke 18:38. He owns Christ to be the Son of David, the Messiah promised; he believes him to be Jesus, a Saviour; he believes he is able to help and succour him, and earnestly begs his favour: “Have mercy on me, pardon my sin, pity my misery.” Christ is a merciful king; those that apply themselves to him as the Son of David shall find him so, and ask enough for themselves when they pray, Have mercy on us; for Christ's mercy includes all.

_ _ IV. Those who are in good earnest for Christ's favours and blessings will not be put by from the pursuit of them, though they meet with opposition and rebuke. They who went along chid him as troublesome to the Master, noisy and impertinent, and bade him hold his peace; but he went on with his petition, nay, the check given him was but as a dam to a full stream, which makes it swell so much the more; he cried the louder, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Those who would speed in prayer must be importunate in prayer. This history, in the close of the chapter, intimates the same thing with the parable in the beginning of the chapter, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

_ _ V. Christ encourages poor beggars, whom men frown upon, and invites them to come to him, and is ready to entertain them, and bid them welcome: He commanded him to be brought to him. Note, Christ has more tenderness and compassion for distressed supplicants than any of his followers have. Though Christ was upon his journey, yet he stopped and stood, and commanded him to be brought to him. Those who had checked him must now lend him their hands to lead him to Christ.

_ _ VI. Though Christ knows all our wants, he will know them from us (Luke 18:41): What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? By spreading our case before God, with a particular representation of our wants and burdens, we teach ourselves to value the mercy we are in pursuit of; and it is necessary that we should, else we are not fit to receive it. This man poured out his soul before Christ, when he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. Thus particular should we be in prayer, upon particular occasions.

_ _ VII. The prayer of faith, guided by Christ's encouraging promises, and grounded on them, shall not be in vain; nay, it shall not only receive an answer of peace, but of honour (Luke 18:42); Christ said, Receive thy sight, thy faith hath saved thee. True faith will produce fervency in prayer, and both together will fetch in abundance of the fruits of Christ's favour; and they are then doubly comfortable when they come in that way, when we are saved by faith.

_ _ VIII. The grace of Christ ought to be thankfully acknowledged, to the glory of God, Luke 18:43. 1. The poor beggar himself, that had his sight restored, followed Christ, glorifying God. Christ made it his business to glorify his Father; and those whom he healed pleased him best when they praised God, as those shall please God best who praise Christ and do him honour; for, in confessing that he is Lord, we give glory to God the Father. It is for the glory of God if we follow Christ, as those will do whose eyes are opened. 2. The people that saw it could not forbear giving praise to God, who had given such power to the Son of Man, and by him had conferred such favours on the sons of men. Note, We must give praise to God for his mercies to others as well as for mercies to ourselves.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Luke 18:35

(11) And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:

(11) Christ shows by a visible miracle that he is the light of the world.

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Matthew 20:29-30 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. ... And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, [thou] Son of David.
Mark 10:46-47 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. ... And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, [thou] Son of David, have mercy on me.


Luke 16:20-21 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, ... And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
1 Samuel 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.
John 9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
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