A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, â€œIf you choose, you can make me clean.â€ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, â€œI do choose. Be made clean!â€ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, â€œSee that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.â€ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.