Over at Sacred Page the Bible Scholars point out that when Jesus tells the unclean spirit in today’s gospel to “Be Quiet!” the language is stronger.
Jesus’ simple response immediately drives him out: Quiet! Come out of him! In fact, the Greek term, phimōthēti, actually can be translated, “Be muzzled!” All of this further underscores Jesus’ unique power.
I like that. It portrays Satan as a raging, snarling beast.
And so he is.
“Be alert and be vigilant for your adversary like a snarling lion prowls about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pt 5:8)
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