Mark 7:36
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New International Version
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

New Living Translation
Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news.

English Standard Version
And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed it.

Berean Literal Bible
And He instructed them that they should tell no one. But as much as He kept instructing them, they were proclaiming it more abundantly.

New American Standard Bible
And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.

King James Bible
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He ordered them to tell no one, but the more He would order them, the more they would proclaim it.

International Standard Version
Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone, but the more he kept ordering them, the more they kept spreading the news.

NET Bible
Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more.

New Heart English Bible
He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he warned them not to tell anyone, and as much as he warned them, they all the more proclaimed it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them, the more they spread the news.

New American Standard 1977
And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he charged them that they should tell no one; but the more he commanded them, so much more and more they published it

King James 2000 Bible
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more zealously they proclaimed it;

American King James Version
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

American Standard Version
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he charged them that they should tell no man. But the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal did they publish it.

Darby Bible Translation
And he charged them that they should speak to no one [of it]. But so much the more he charged them, so much the more abundantly they proclaimed it;

English Revised Version
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them; so much the more a great deal they published it;

Weymouth New Testament
Then Jesus charged them to tell no one; but the more He charged them, all the more did they spread the news far and wide.

World English Bible
He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.

Young's Literal Translation
And he charged them that they may tell no one, but the more he was charging them, the more abundantly they were proclaiming it,
Study Bible
The Deaf and Mute Man
35Immediately the man’s ears were opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak plainly. 36Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37The people were utterly astonished and said, “He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak!”…
Cross References
Matthew 8:4
Then Jesus instructed him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift prescribed by Moses, as a testimony to them."

Mark 1:45
But the man went out and openly began to proclaim and spread the news. Consequently, Jesus could no longer enter a town in plain view, but He stayed out in solitary places. Yet people came to Him from every quarter.

Mark 7:35
Immediately the man's ears were opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak plainly.

Mark 7:37
The people were utterly astonished and said, "He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak!"

Mark 9:9
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus admonished them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Treasury of Scripture

And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Mark 1:44,45 And said to him, See you say nothing to any man: but go your way, …

Mark 3:12 And he straightly charged them that they should not make him known.

Mark 5:43 And he charged them straightly that no man should know it; and commanded …

Mark 8:26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, …

Verses 36, 37. - He charged them (διεστέλλετο). The word is a strong one: "he gave them clear and positive orders." The injunction seems to have been given, both to the deaf and dumb man, and to those who brought him. And it was given partly, no doubt, for his own sake, and for reasons connected with his gradual manifestation of himself to the world, and partly for the instruction of his disciples, and to show that he did not desire by his miracles to win the vain applause of men. St. Augustine says that "our Lord desired, by putting this restraint upon them, to teach how much more fervently they ought to preach him, whom he commissions to preach, when they who were forbidden could not be silent." He hath done all things well. He did nothing that the Pharisees, captious and envious as they were, could reasonably find fault with. St. Matthew (Matthew 15:30, 31) intimates that at this time our Lord exhibited a vast number of miracles, a bright galaxy of wonders, amongst which this shone out conspicuously, as a very prominent and instructive one. But, indeed, "he went about doing good." His whole life on earth was one connected, continued manifestation of loving kindness.



And he charged them,.... The man that had his hearing and speech restored to him, and those that brought him, and as many as were witnesses of the miracle:

that they should tell no man; of the cure that was wrought, being not desirous of the applause of men; and knowing it would bring upon him the envy of the Scribes and Pharisees; and be a means of putting the common people upon setting him up as a temporal king, such as they expected the Messiah would be:

but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; or "spake of him", as the Ethiopic version reads it; for they looked upon his charge merely to proceed from modesty, and that made them the more forward to speak of his greatness and in his praise, to publish his mighty works, and spread the fame of his miracles far and near. So, such who have received the grace of God, are become acquainted with Christ, and have a real experience of divine things, cannot but speak of them; they are like new wine which hath no vent; and are ready to burst like new bottles; to forbear speaking is a pain, and weariness to them; nay, they think, should they hold their peace, the stones in the walls would cry out. Wherefore, partly for the glory of God, the magnifying of the riches of his grace, and the honour of Christ, and the blessed Spirit; and partly to show their own sense of things, the gratitude of their minds, and the thankfulness of their hearts, as well as for the use, comfort, edification, and instruction of others, they must speak, and cannot be silent, whatever restraints are laid upon them. 36. And he charged them that they should tell no man—Into this very region He had sent the man out of whom had been cast the legion of devils, to proclaim "what the Lord had done for him" (Mr 5:19). Now He will have them "tell no man." But in the former case there was no danger of obstructing His ministry by "blazing the matter" (Mr 1:45), as He Himself had left the region; whereas now He was sojourning in it.

but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it—They could not be restrained; nay, the prohibition seemed only to whet their determination to publish His fame.7:31-37 Here is a cure of one that was deaf and dumb. Those who brought this poor man to Christ, besought him to observe the case, and put forth his power. Our Lord used more outward actions in the doing of this cure than usual. These were only signs of Christ's power to cure the man, to encourage his faith, and theirs that brought him. Though we find great variety in the cases and manner of relief of those who applied to Christ, yet all obtained the relief they sought. Thus it still is in the great concerns of our souls.
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