Matthew 9:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 9:33, NIV: And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.'

Matthew 9:33, ESV: And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”

Matthew 9:33, KJV: And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

Matthew 9:33, NASB: And after the demon was cast out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.'

Matthew 9:33, NLT: So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. 'Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!' they exclaimed.

Matthew 9:33, CSB: When the demon had been driven out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed, saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel! "

What does Matthew 9:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A demon-oppressed man has just been brought before Jesus. Because of the demon, the man is mute. He cannot speak (Matthew 9:32). Jesus orders the demon away, and the man immediately begins talking. The crowd marvels and says that nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.

It's unclear what makes this specific exorcism so fantastic to the crowds. Jesus had cast many demons out before this moment. It may have been the ease with which He did so or the impressiveness of the mute man suddenly being able to speak.

This is another miracle that points to Jesus as the Messiah. Isaiah wrote that in the Messianic age, "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). Jesus has now accomplished all these miracles, indicating to those who believe that the age of the Messiah has begun.

The following verse shows that the Pharisees were not among those who believed (Matthew 9:34).