4:38 After Jesus left 1 the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 2 to help her. 3 4:39 So 4 he stood over her, commanded 5 the fever, and it left her. Immediately 6 she got up and began to serve 7 them.
4:40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 8 sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 9 He placed 10 his hands on every one of them and healed them. 4:41 Demons also came out 11 of many, crying out, 12 “You are the Son of God!” 13 But he rebuked 14 them, and would not allow them to speak, 15 because they knew that he was the Christ. 16
[4:39] sn The language here (commanded) almost treats the illness as a personal force (see vv. 35, 41), but this is not the case. This healing shows Jesus’ power over sickness and should not be construed as an exorcism.
[4:39] 6 tn Grk “and immediately.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, δέ (de) has not been translated here. Instead a new sentence is started in the translation.
[4:39] sn The note that this happened immediately shows the speed and totality of the recovery.
[4:40] 8 tn Grk “everyone, as many as had those being sick.” The use of εἶχον (eicon, “had”) suggests that the subject of the accusative participle ἀσθενοῦντας (asqenountas, “those being sick”) is not simply acquaintances, but rather relatives, perhaps immediate family, and certainly close friends.
[4:41] 13 tc Most
[4:41] 15 sn Jesus would not allow the demons to speak because the time for such disclosure was not yet at hand, and such a revelation would have certainly been misunderstood by the people. In all likelihood, if the people had understood him early on to be the Son of God, or Messiah, they would have reduced his mission to one of political deliverance from Roman oppression (cf. John 6:15). Jesus wanted to avoid, as much as possible, any premature misunderstanding about who he was and what he was doing. However, at the end of his ministry, he did not deny such a title when the high priest asked him (22:66-71).