“tossing aside his cloak.” This is an indication of how badly Bartimaeus wanted to be healed. The heavy outer cloak was essential to stay warm and protected from the weather. It was so important to a poor person that if he needed to borrow money and gave his cloak as collateral, even if he could not repay the debt, the cloak had to be returned to him by nightfall, so he could use it (Deut. 24:13). But the cloak was heavy and long, and if someone wanted to move quickly it could get in the way. Bartimaeus did not want anything to get in the way of his healing, and he did not want to be so slow that Jesus moved on before he could be healed. So he risked losing his valuable cloak so he could get his healing, which was of much greater value to him.