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Matthew 8:1-17

A man with a skin disease

1 Now when Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.
2 A man with a skin disease came, kneeled before him, and said, "Lord, if you want, you can make me clean."
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do want to. Become clean." Instantly his skin disease was cleansed.
4 Jesus said to him, "Don't say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded. This will be a testimony to them."

Healing of the centurion’s servant

5 When Jesus went to Capernaum, a centurion approached,
6 pleading with him, "Lord, my servant is flat on his back at home, paralyzed, and his suffering is awful."
7 Jesus responded, "I'll come and heal him."
8 But the centurion replied, "Lord, I don't deserve to have you come under my roof. Just say the word and my servant will be healed.
9 I'm a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,' and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and the servant does it."
10 When Jesus heard this, he was impressed and said to the people following him, "I say to you with all seriousness that even in Israel I haven't found faith like this.
11 I say to you that there are many who will come from east and west and sit down to eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth."
13 Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it will be done for you just as you have believed." And his servant was healed that very moment.

Healing of many people

14 Jesus went home with Peter and saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and served them.
16 That evening people brought to Jesus many who were demon-possessed. He threw the spirits out with just a word. He healed everyone who was sick.
17 This happened so that what Isaiah the prophet said would be fulfilled: He is the one who took our illnesses and carried away our diseases.
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