Mark 7:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 7:35, NIV: At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

Mark 7:35, ESV: And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

Mark 7:35, KJV: And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mark 7:35, NASB: And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.

Mark 7:35, NLT: Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Mark 7:35, CSB: Immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly.

What does Mark 7:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The healing of the deaf and mute is a prophecy, directly identified with the work of God: "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy" (Isaiah 35:5–6). Like many Messianic prophecies, part of Jesus' earthly ministry was to bring a taste of what we will experience in the Millennial Kingdom and on into eternity.

The first recorded miracle that Jesus performed was turning the water into wine at a wedding in Cana. When the master of the feast tasted the wine, he told the bridegroom, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now" (John 2:10). Jesus didn't just make wine so that the wedding party wouldn't be embarrassed. He made better wine than the groom had been able to afford. In the same way, Jesus has completely healed the deaf man with a speech impediment. Not just well enough to communicate, but completely (Mark 7:37).

This is hope for those of us who suffer now. We many never see complete healing in this world; those who insist that you will be totally healed if you have "enough faith" are false teachers. But those who trust in Christ for their salvation can rest in the knowledge that we will spend eternity completely whole. We will not shed tears, suffer pain, or feel sorrow (Revelation 21:4). We will never be separated by death again (Revelation 20:6). And, greatest of all, we will spend eternity with the God who healed us (1 John 3:2; Revelation 21:1–4).