Matthew 9:30 KJV
And their eyes were opened;
and Jesus straitly charged them,
saying, See that no man know it.
Berean Literal Bible
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus strictly instructed them, saying, “See that no one knows!”
New King James Version
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”
New American Standard Bible
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows about this!”
And ☆ καὶ (kai) ☆ Conjunction ☆ And, even, also, namely.
Their eyes were opened.
That is, their sight was restored.
Their ☆ αὐτῶν (autōn) ☆ Personal / Possessive Pronoun – Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural ☆ He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
Eyes ☆ ὀφθαλμοί (ophthalmoi) ☆ Noun – Nominative Masculine Plural ☆ The eye; fig: the mind’s eye. From optanomai; the eye; by implication, vision; figuratively, envy.
Were opened ☆ ἠνεῴχθησαν (ēneōchthēsan) ☆ Verb – Aorist Indicative Passive – 3rd Person Plural ☆ To open. From ana and oigo; to open up.
Jesus ☆ Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous) ☆ Noun – Nominative Masculine Singular ☆ Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.
Straitly charged them
The word, implying originally the panting breath of vehement emotion, is one of the strongest used by the New Testament writers (Mark 1:43; 14:5; John 11:33; 11:38) to express repugnance, displeasure, or the command that implies annoyance.
He told it to them in the most earnest and solemn manner.
It is as if our Lord saw the garrulous joy on the point of uttering itself, and sought by every means in His power to restrain it.
The reasons may be sought, as elsewhere, either
- in its being good for the spiritual life of the men themselves that they should show forth their praise of God, not with their lips, but in their lives;
- or in the shrinking from mere notoriety, from the gaze of crowds drawn together to gaze on signs and wonders, and ready to make the Wonder-Worker a king because He wrought them,
Matthew, at a later stage, notes this, as characteristic of our Lord’s ministry (Matthew 12:16-21).
Warned them sternly ☆ ἐνεβριμήθη (enebrimēthē) ☆ Verb – Aorist Indicative Passive – 3rd Person Singular ☆ From en and brimaomai; to have indignation on, i.e. to blame, to sigh with chagrin, to sternly enjoin.
See that no man know it
- do not make proclamation of this;
- do not make it your business to tell every man of it;
- do not go forth as if I wished that you should proclaim this abroad.
The injunction could not mean that they should screen the fact that no one “should” know it, for there were witnesses of it, and it would be made known; but they were not to make it a point to proclaim to the world what was done to them.
Partly to avoid publicity for Himself, partly for their own sake, for even the recital of the Lord’s mercies towards us, often becomes an occasion of spiritual harm, since it is apt to degenerate into “display” with its attendant evils.
This was in accordance with the usual habit of the Saviour Matthew 8:4; 12:16, and also with his own precepts to others Matthew 6:1-4.
See that ☆ Ὁρᾶτε (Horate) ☆ Verb – Present Imperative Active – 2nd Person Plural ☆ Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.
No one ☆ μηδεὶς (mēdeis) ☆ Adjective – Nominative Masculine Singular ☆ No one, none, nothing.
Finds out about this ☆ γινωσκέτω (ginōsketō) ☆ Verb – Present Imperative Active – 3rd Person Singular ☆ A prolonged form of a primary verb; to ‘know’ in a great variety of applications and with many implications.
It is very bad to be blind.
Just imagine that you cannot see anything.
That you cannot perceive any object or person with your eyes.
Two blind men besought the Lord, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us!”
They believed that the Lord could make them see.
Then the Lord touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith be it done unto you.” And their eyes were opened.
Although we have our sight physically, spiritually we are all blind by nature.
Blind to Who God is, and blind to who we ourselves have become.
No creature is able to open the blind eyes of the soul.
As the eyes of those two blind ones were opened by the Savior, so the blind eyes of the soul must be opened by God in the way of the miracle of free goodness.
Do you know the plea of those two blind men: Thou Son of David, have mercy on me?
At your persistent and humble supplication, have your blind soul’s eyes been opened?
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