40 A leper came to Jesus and begged him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”
41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do want to; be clean.”
42 The leprosy left the man at once and he was made clean.
43 As Jesus sent the man away, he sternly warned him,
44 “Don’t tell anyone about this, but go and show yourself to the priest; and for the cleansing, bring the offering ordered by Moses; in this way, you will give to them your testimony.”
45 However, as soon as the man went out, he began spreading the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from everywhere.