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Mark 1: 40 ― 45

Ordinary 6     Year B

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40    A leper 14 came to him (and kneeling down)
        begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make
        me clean.”

41    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched
        him, and
said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

42    The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made
        clean.

43    Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

44    Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
        but go,
show yourself to the priest and offer for your
        cleansing what
Moses prescribed; that will be proof
        for them.”

45    The man went away and began to publicize the whole
        matter.
He spread the report abroad so that it was
        impossible for Jesus
to enter a town openly. He
        remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept
        coming to him from everywhere.

14 [40] A leper: for the various forms of skin disease, see ⇒ Lev 13:1-50 and the note on ⇒ Lev 13:2-4. There are only two instances in the Old Testament in which God is shown to have cured a leper (⇒ Numbers 12:10-15; ⇒ 2 Kings 5:1-14). The law of Moses provided for the ritual purification of a leper. In curing the leper, Jesus assumes that the priests will reinstate the cured man into the religious community. See also the note on ⇒ Luke 5:14.

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