Matthew 8:4

“And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Iesus saith vnto him, See thou tell no man, but go thy way, shew thy selfe to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimonie vnto them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And Jesus *said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Jesus said to him, See that you say nothing about this to anyone; but go and let the priest see you and make the offering which was ordered by Moses, for a witness to them.
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus says to him, See thou tell no man, but go, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses ordained, for a testimony to them.
- Darby Bible

And Jesus saith to him, See thou tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
- Webster's Bible

and Jesus said to him, "Be careful to tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses appointed as evidence for them."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to him, "See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
- World English Bible

And Jhesus seide to hym, Se, seie thou to no man; but go, shewe thee to the prestis, and offre the yift that Moyses comaundide, in witnessyng to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus saith to him, `See, thou mayest tell no one, but go, thyself shew to the priest, and bring the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony to them.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 8:4


8:4 See thou tell no man - Perhaps our Lord only meant here, Not till thou hast showed thyself to the priest - who was appointed to inquire into the case of leprosy. But many others he commanded, absolutely, to tell none of tho miracles he had wrought upon them. And this he seems to have done, chiefly for one or more of these reasons: To prevent the multitude from thronging him, in the manner related #Mark 1:45|. To fulfil the prophecy, #Isaiah 42:1|, that he would not be vain or ostentatious. This reason St. Matthew assigns, #Matt 12:17|, &c. To avoid the being taken by force and made a king, #John 6:15|. And, That he might not enrage the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees, who were the most bitter against him, any more than was unavoidable, #Matt 16:20|,21. For a testimony - That I am the Messiah; to them - The priests, who otherwise might have pleaded want of evidence. #Lev 14:2|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 8:4


Mt 8:4 Tell no man. This was forbidden until the man was officially declared to be healed. He could not enter society until the priests had so declared. To blaze the story abroad as a miracle of Jesus might prevent such a declaration on account of prejudice. Besides, the Lord often forbade noising abroad his cures, for various reasons, chiefly because the multitude so thronged him. Offer the gift that Moses commanded. See Le 14:10,22,30,31. For a testimony. An official proof of the miracle.

Discussion for Matthew 8

  • A disciple
    "...Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." Simply a fact! there was no fanatic display of the person having to charge himself up "in the Holy Ghost," and nothing he had to perform at all! He simply asked the Lord Jesus to have mercy on him; AND HE DID! This is how prayers are answered, and how folks are saved and healed.
  • Wayne
    Rose Adams, the veil is still covering the Jews when the scriptures are read.
  • Wayne
    Carmen, confessing your sins to a priest is confessing to another sinner. Each person must go to Jesus Christ themselves for salvation. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No human can forgive your sins. We are saved by the precious blood of the Son of God.
  • La
    The hand of God is enough. We tend to as why because we are seeing the word of God with our physical eyes. God is all powerful infinite never ending. The disciples wrote the new treatment and in different point of--each man was chosen by Jesus himself. If you ask the Lord for something or a question he always confirms it. From somewhere you will get your answer again. It amazing when u realize
  • Wayne
    Peggy, in accordance with Irene, 1 James 1:5-6, states we are to ask wisdom of God, where we lack, and He will not refuse us nor make fun of our lack of understanding. I have done this at times I did not understand, and He gave me the answers. Not always right away, but we are to insist and persist. He Loves Us!
  • Wayne
    Carmen, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, states There is ONE MEDIATOR between God and men,The Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Each sinner needs to confess their sins and sinfulness to Christ alone. He is our open door to the Heavenly Father.

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