And rising very early, going out, he went into a desert place: and there he prayed.
And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
And when they had found him, they said to him: All seek for thee.
And he saith to them: Let us go into the neighbouring towns and cities, that I may preach there also; for to this purpose am I come.
And he was preaching in their synagogues and in all Galilee and casting out devils.
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, said to him: If thou wilt thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand and touching him saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean.
And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him: and he was made clean.
And he strictly charged him and forthwith sent him away.
And he saith to him: See thou tell no one; but go, shew thyself to the high priest and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
But he being gone out, began to publish and to blaze abroad the word: so that he could not openly go into the city. but was without in desert places. And they flocked to him from all sides.