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.
Jesus urged them to keep it quiet, but they talked it up all the more,
beside themselves with excitement. "He's done it all and done it well. He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless."
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)