Matthew 9:31

But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Spread his fame abroad. Unable to confine their gratitude within the narrow limits of humility prescribed them by Jesus Christ. (Haydock)
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Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
Mor., xix, 23: We must enquire how this is that the Almighty, whose will and power are coextensive, should have here willed that His excellent works should be hid in silence, and is yet preached against His will, as it were, by these men who have received their sight. It is only that He herein has left an example to His servants who follow Him, that they should desire their own good deeds to be hid, and that notwithstanding they should be made known against their will, that others may profit by their example. They should then be hid by design, and published of compulsion; their concealment is by our own watchfulness, their betrayal is for others’ profit.

Hilary of Poitiers

AD 368
Or He enjoins silence on the blind men, because to preach was the Apostles 'office.
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AD 420
Let Marcion and Manichaeaus, and the other heretics who mangle the Old Testament, hear this, and learn that the Saviour is called the Son of David; for if He was not born in the flesh, how is He the Son of David?. Yet were they not healed by the way-side and in passing as they had thought tobe; but when He was entered into the house, they come unto Him; and first their faith is made proof of, that so they may receive the light of the true faith. "And when he was come into the house, the blind men came unto him; and Jesus said unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this?”. The Lord from humility shunning the fame of His glorious works, gave them this charge, and they from gratitude cannot be silent respecting so great benefit.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Hom., xxxii: Here is no small charge against the Jews, that these men, having lost their sight, yet believe by means of their hearing only; while they who had sight, would not believe the miracles that were done. Observe their eagerness; they do not simply come to Him, but with crying, and asking for nothing but mercy; they call Him Son of David because that seemed to be a name of honour. Observe that the Lord oftentimes desired to be asked to heal, that none should think that He was eager to seize an occasion of display. Here again He teaches us to exclude the desire of fame; because there was ahouse hard by, He takes them there to heal them apart. That He said to another man, “Go, and proclaim the glory of God, isnot contrary to this; for what He would teach is, that we should hinder those that would commend us for ourselves. But when it is the Lord’s glory that is tobe praised, we ought not to forbid, but to promote it ourselves.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
The blind men did not follow his instruction but immediately became preachers and evangelists. Though asked to hide what had been done, they revealed it. Remember that elsewhere he had said to a different hearer, “Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.” This does not run contrary to what he says here but complementary to it. For it teaches us that we should say nothing about ourselves. In fact, it even teaches that we should prevent those who want to praise us from doing so. But it also teaches that if the glory would be offered up to God, not only should we not prevent this but we should even command that it be done. The Gospel of Matthew, Homily

John Chrysostom

AD 407
They however did not endure this, but became preachers, and evangelists; and when bidden to hide what had been done, they endured it not. And if in another place we find Him saying, Go your way, and declare the glory of God, that is not contrary to this, but even highly in agreement herewith. For He instructs us to say nothing ourselves, concerning ourselves, but even to forbid them that would eulogise us: but if the glory be referred to God, then not only not to forbid, but to command men to do this.
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Rabanus Maurus

AD 856
The house of the ruler is the Synagogue which was ruled by Moses; the house of Jesus is the heavenly Jerusalem. As the Lord passed through this world and was returning to His own house, two blind men followed Him; that is, when the Gospel was preached by the Apostles, many of the Jews and Gentiles began to follow Him. But when He ascended into Heaven, then He entered His house, that is, into the confession of one faith which is in the Catholic Church, and in that they were enlightened.
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Remigius of Rheims

AD 533
Rightly they call Him Son of David, because the Virgin Mary was of the line of David. He who was able to give sight to the blind, was not ignorant whether they believed; but He asked them, in order that the faith which they bare in their hearts, being confessed by their mouth might be made deserving of a higher reward, according to that of the Apostle, “By the mouth of confession is made unto salvation.” Then follows the cure, “And their eyes were opened.” And after this, He injunction that they should tell it to no man; and this not a simple command, but with much earnestness, “And Jesus straitlycharged them, saying, See that no man know it; but they went forth, and spread abroad the fame of him through the whole country.”

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
. Do you see Christ’s humility? They spread abroad His fame in thanksgiving, not out of disobedience. But if in another place Christ says, "Go and tell of the glory of God" (Lk. 8:39), there is nothing contradictory in this. For He wants them to say nothing about Himself, but to speak of the glory of God.
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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