lo, He left Tyre and went unto the Decapolis via Sidon, which is an
odd route and no short cut.
62. And bringeth they unto Him a deaf man whose words they
comprehendeth not, for they were impeded.
63. And behold, He took the man aside privately, who looked alarmed,
for he could not hear what He sayeth unto him.
64. And inserteth He His fingers into the man’s ears. Then wiping
off the wax from His fingers, He touched the man’s tongue and
spitteth He on the ground.
65. And verily, they that saw this were disgusted at his spitting.
66. Then looketh he heavenwards and said, “Eph’phatha,” (which
involved even more spitting, let the reader understand.)
the man was healed, and the crowd marvelled exceedingly, saying one
unto the other, “He hath done well, but we are not sure about all
that spitting. It is not very Christian.”