the Greek form of a Syro-Chaldaic or Aramaic word, meaning "Be opened," uttered by Christ when healing the man who was deaf and dumb (Mark 7:34). It is one of the characteristics of Mark that he uses the very Aramaic words which fell from our Lord's lips. (See 3:17; 5:41; 7:11; 14:36; 15:34.)
He seemed to hear a mighty word—ephphatha—that meant "be opened."
It is not the Promised Land yet, for there you know there will be ephphatha indeed!'
The folded buds of the anemones had heard the whisper ephphatha, and were opening one after another their pure shy eyes.
The vacancy is gone, and there is a wonderful depth in his face, as if his ephphatha had come to the guileless lips.