Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.
No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;
Do not offer to the Lord the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord.
If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God.
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
“Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind.
At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
[ David Conquers Jerusalem ] The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.”
On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”
[ Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans ] Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, heblindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer.
In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
[ Israel Blind and Deaf ] “Hear, you deaf; look, youblind, and see!
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.
Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.
See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return.
Now they grope through the streets as if they wereblind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.
With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin.
“I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.
“Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totallyblinded!”
On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations.
When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
[ Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute ] As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
[ Jesus and Beelzebul ] Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead theblind, both will fall into a pit.”
Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
[ Two Blind Men Receive Sight ] As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
“Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
[ Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida ] They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
[ Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight ] Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to theblind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead theblind? Will they not both fall into a pit?
At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blindand the lame.’
[ A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight ] As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?”
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—theblind, the lame, the paralyzed.
[ Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind ] As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
[ The Pharisees Investigate the Healing ] They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.
“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
“We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind.
A second time they summoned the man who had beenblind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
[ Spiritual Blindness ] Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will becomeblind.”
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”
For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted andblind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness hasblinded them.
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind
Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”
“You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”
“But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.
Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
Everyone was to free their Hebrew slaves, both male and female; no one was to hold a fellow Hebrew inbondage.
So all the officials and people who entered into this covenant agreed that they would free their male and female slaves and no longer hold them in bondage. They agreed, and set them free.
that the creation itself will be liberated from itsbondage
to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
“I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”
So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.
the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as aburial place from Ephron the Hittite.
They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burialplace from Ephron the Hittite.
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
you will not join them in burial, for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Let the offspring of the wicked never be mentioned again.
He will have the burial of a donkey— dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.”
They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)
“‘On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.
When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.
[ The Burial of Jesus ] As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
[ The Burial of Jesus ] It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
[ The Burial of Jesus ] Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
[ The Burial of Jesus ] Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.
Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.
By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial
“‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.
The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?
not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me withcontempt will ever see it.
But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”
Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.
All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not becontemptuous again.
This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering withcontempt.
When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.
But because by doing this you have shown uttercontempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us withcontempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing back our king?” But the men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel.
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.
because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded thecontempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside—
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends— those who see me on the street flee from me.
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride andcontempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us.
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times thecontempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.
Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.
We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, ofcontempt from the proud.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.
In you they have treated father and mother withcontempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
Then you will know that I the Lord have heard all thecontemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, “They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.”
“He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue.
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlastingcontempt.
But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger; his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed and will repay him for his contempt.
I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contemptand make you a spectacle.
[ Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices ] “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. “It is you priests who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
“By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the Lord’s table iscontemptible.
“But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’
And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at itcontemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty. “When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
The one who eats everything must not treat withcontempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.
and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
Do not treat prophecies with contempt