And when the men of the place had knowledge of him
Not merely by report, but by face, having seen, and heard him before; see ( Luke 5:1 ) .
They sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto
him all that were diseased;
which not only expresses their faith in him, that he was able to heal all their sick and diseased, were they ever so many; but also their affectionate regard to their fellow creatures and countrymen; and their care and diligence in sending messengers about to their respective cities, towns, and villages, and which must be attended with expense: for they neither spared cost nor pains, to do good to their country; in all which, they set an example worthy of imitation.