As the Rabbi was approaching Yericho, a blind man was sitting by the road asking for tzedakah. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what was happening. They told him that the Rabbi was passing by. And he called out, saying, "Rabbi! Son of David! Have mercy on me!" Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"