And when he came out, he could not speak unto
Or deliver the benediction they were waiting for:
and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the
which he made them to understand, by the gestures he used: for he
beckoned unto them; nodding his head, or by some motions of his
hands the Ethiopic version adds, "with his hand": or of his lips;
for the signs of a dumb man are distinguished into (hzymr) , and (huypq) F17; the one is a sign which is
expressed by the head and hands; and the other is a sign
expressed by the lips: hence that rule, F18
``a dumb man beckons, and is beckoned to; and Ben Bethira says,
he moves his lips, and lips are moved to him:''
and remained speechless; to the time the angel fixed.
F17 Bartenora in Misa. Gittin, c. 5. sect.
7. F18 Misn. ib.