Mark 7:24-8:10

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith 24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs.”28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.”29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.”30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.Jesus Cures a Deaf Man 31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”Chapter 8Feeding the Four Thousand 1In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them,2“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.”4His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?”5He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd.7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed.8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.