1While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately the leprosy left him.
And He ordered him to tell no one, "But go and 2show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
But 3the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and 4pray.
One day He was teaching; and 5there were some Pharisees and 6teachers of the law sitting there, who had 7come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and 8the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.
9And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.
But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on 10the roof and let him down 11through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, 12your sins are forgiven you."
The scribes and the Pharisees 13began to reason, saying, "14Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? 15Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"
But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk '?
"But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"-He said to the 16paralytic -"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."
Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home 17glorifying God.
They were all struck with astonishment and began 18glorifying God; and they were filled 19with fear, saying, "We have seen remarkable things today."