He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts.
When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on.
They told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is going by."
He yelled, "Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!"
Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, "Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!"
Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked,
"What do you want from me?" He said, "Master, I want to see again."
Jesus said, "Go ahead - see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!"
The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing - and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)