Matthew 9:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 9:32, NIV: While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.

Matthew 9:32, ESV: As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him.

Matthew 9:32, KJV: As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

Matthew 9:32, NASB: And as they were going out, behold, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to Him.

Matthew 9:32, NLT: When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn't speak was brought to Jesus.

Matthew 9:32, CSB: Just as they were going out, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to him.

What does Matthew 9:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Christ has just restored the sight of two blind men (Matthew 9:27–31). This is possibly the same day that Jesus healed the woman who touched His cloak and raised to life the dead girl (Matthew 9:18–26). If so, then what is about to happen marks the fourth major and awe-inspiring healing miracle Jesus will have accomplished in back-to-back fashion. Each one is unique and points to Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God in a specific way (John 20:30–31).

As Jesus and His group are walking out the door, someone brings in a demon-oppressed man who is mute. Specifically, the demon oppressing the man was causing him to be unable to speak. Demons were understood as a fact of life in Jesus' day. Those who attempted to cast them out often faced great difficulty in doing so. The fact that Jesus could simply order them to leave impressed everyone who saw it of His great power.