Mark 1:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 1:34, NIV: "and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was."

Mark 1:34, ESV: "And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him."

Mark 1:34, KJV: "And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him."

Mark 1:34, NASB: "And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was."

Mark 1:34, NLT: "So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak."

Mark 1:34, CSB: "and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him."

What does Mark 1:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In Jesus' last encounter with the masses (Luke 5:1–3), He taught, but no mention of healing is given. Now, hours after healing a demon-possessed man and an ill woman (Mark 1:21–31), He is swarmed with an entire town wanting to be healed. Jesus responds. Illness and demon possession are not necessarily direct results of sin (John 9:1–3), but they are ultimately related. Illness is a result of Adam and Eve's original sin that makes our bodies frail and our world deadly. Possession is because of Satan's rebellion against God. Jesus certainly came to rescue us from the results of sin, but not necessarily in this way. In His grace, He healed the sick, but this was not His priority. The next morning, He will tell His disciples "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out" (Mark 1:38). Jesus came to heal us permanently by restoring our relationship with God. This is the gospel He came to preach; the rest was frosting.

Jesus not only expelled the demons from their victims, He prevented those demons from speaking. Here we find three interesting observations. First, demons can speak, or at least control their victims' speech. Second, these demons knew who Jesus was. Third, Jesus did not permit the demons to speak when around Him. They sought to disrupt His plans, something Jesus would not allow. His plan—to reveal Himself as the Messiah, God, and the Son of God—was not served by the testimony of His enemy. One of Satan's favorite tools is to twist the truth to his own ends. Jesus would not let the demons lay a hand on the truth to twist it.