He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet,
begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter.
He said, "Stand in line and take your turn. The children get fed first. If there's any left over, the dogs get it."
She said, "Of course, Master. But don't dogs under the table get scraps dropped by the children?"
Jesus was impressed. "You're right! On your way! Your daughter is no longer disturbed. The demonic affliction is gone."
She went home and found her daughter relaxed on the bed, the torment gone for good.
Then he left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns.
Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him.
He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man's ears and some spit on the man's tongue.
Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded, "Ephphatha! - Open up!"
And it happened. The man's hearing was clear and his speech plain - just like that.
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)