‘I tell you!
If these disciples
Would shout out!’”
καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν Λέγω ὑμῖν ἐὰν οὗτοι σιωπήσουσιν, οἱ λίθοι κράξουσιν.
Thus, only Luke has this unique response of Jesus. With a solemn pronouncement (Λέγω ὑμῖν) Jesus answered (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν) that if he were to silence his disciples (ἐὰν οὗτοι σιωπήσουσιν), the stones would shout out the same message anyway (οἱ λίθοι κράξουσιν). According to Luke, Jesus had a quick response to these Pharisees. If he had his disciples stop shouting, the very stones in the road would shout out in their place. The shouting would continue, no matter what. Has anyone ever told you to stop praising Jesus?