40And a leper8 came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
43And Jesus9 sternly charged him and sent him away at once,
44and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
45But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
4 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
5 Or the kingdom of God has come near
6 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
7 Some manuscripts they
8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13