1:44 He told him, 1 “See that you do not say anything to anyone, 2 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded 3 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 4
5:43 He strictly ordered that no one should know about this, 5 and told them to give her something to eat.
1 tn Grk “And after warning him, he immediately sent him away and told him.”
2 sn The silence ordered by Jesus was probably meant to last only until the cleansing took place with the priests and sought to prevent Jesus’ healings from becoming the central focus of the people’s reaction to him. See also 1:34; 3:12; 5:43; 7:36; 8:26, 30; and 9:9 for other cases where Jesus asks for silence concerning him and his ministry.
4 tn Or “as an indictment against them”; or “as proof to the people.” This phrase could be taken as referring to a positive witness to the priests, a negative testimony against them, or as a testimony to the community that the man had indeed been cured. In any case, the testimony shows that Jesus is healing and ministering to those in need.