Blindness is extremely common in the East from many causes. Blind beggars figure repeatedly in the New Testament (Matt. 12:22), and “opening the eyes of the blind” is mentioned in prophecy as a peculiar attribute of the Messiah. Isa. 29:18; 42:7, etc. The Jews were specially charged to treat the blind with compassion and care. Lev. 19:14; Deut. 27:18. Blindness willfully inflicted for political or other purposes is alluded to in Scripture. 1 Sam. 11:2; Jer. 39:7.