Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.1 He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit2 came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre3 and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee4 and into the region of the Decapolis.5
There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk,6 and they begged him to place his hand on7 the man.
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit8 and touched the man's tongue.
He looked up to heaven9 and with a deep sigh10 said to him, ""Ephphatha!"" (which means, "Be opened!").
At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.11
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone.12 But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.
People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."