A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees,1 "If you are willing, you can make me clean."
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"
Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
"See that you don't tell this to anyone.2 But go, show yourself to the priest3 and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing,4 as a testimony to them."
Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.5 Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.6