The older sense of the word “publish”

I haven’t received the additional benefits from reading the KJV that the KJV-only crowd are always promising (shocker!), but the changes in the way words are used are often interesting. Here’s one I ran across today:

18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.

Mark 5

34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

Mark 7

It seemed that “publish” used to mean something like “spread the word”, so I looked it up:

publish (v.)

mid-14c., “make publicly known, reveal, divulge, announce;” alteration of publicen (early 14c.) by influence of banish, finish, etc.; from extended stem of Old French publier “make public, spread abroad, communicate,” from Latin publicare “make public,” from publicus “public” (see public). Meaning “issue (a book, etc.) to the public” is from late 14c., also “to disgrace, put to shame; denounce publicly.” Related: Published; publishing. In Middle English the verb also meant “to people, populate; to multiply, breed” (late 14c.), for example ben published of “be descended from.”

https://www.etymonline.com/word/publish

Demagoguery, in essence, in all senses the word has taken over the centuries.

It strikes me as an evil thing that the modern, academic use of the term “publish” is now closer to the behavior of IP trolls, where the point is to put research behind absurdly priced academic journal paywalls. In the broader sense, publish now simply means “to restrict the word to those who have money”.

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