Again, leaving the region of Tyre, He went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, througha the region of the Decapolis.
They brought to Him a deaf man who also had a speech difficulty, and begged Jesus to lay His hand on him.
So He took him away from the crowd privately. After putting His fingers in the man's ears and spitting, He touched his tongue.
Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, " Ephphatha !" b (that is, "Be opened!" ).
Immediately his ears were opened, his speech difficulty was removed,c and he began to speak clearly.
Then He ordered them to tell no one, but the more He would order them, the more they would proclaim it.
They were extremely astonished and said, "He has done everything well! He even makes deaf people hear, and people unable to speak, talk!"