Strictly charged (embrimhsameno). Only in Mark. Luke 5:14 has parhggeilen (commanded). Mark's word occurs also in Luke 14:5 and in Matthew 9:30 and John 11:38 . See on "Mt 9:30". It is a strong word for the snorting of a horse and expresses powerful emotion as Jesus stood here face to face with leprosy, itself a symbol of sin and all its train of evils. The command to report to the priests was in accord with the Mosaic regulations and the prohibition against talking about it was to allay excitement and to avoid needless opposition to Christ.