Mark 1:40-45

A man with an illness in his skin

40 One day, a man who had an illness of the skin came to Jesus. He went down on his knees in front of Jesus. The man said. ‘If you want, you can make me well again. Please do it.’

41 Jesus felt very sorry for the man. He put out his hand towards the man and he touched him. ‘I do want to help you,’ Jesus said, ‘Be clean again!’ 42 Immediately, the illness left the man.

43 Jesus sent the man away immediately and he spoke to the man with strong words. 44 ‘Listen. Do not tell anyone about this,’ Jesus said. ‘Instead, go and show yourself to the priest. Take a gift to him for God. Moses taught the people what gift to take to God when they are clean again after this kind of illness. This will show everyone that you are now well again.’ 45 But instead, the man went away and he talked to everybody. He told them what had happened to him. Because he did this, it became too difficult for Jesus to go into the towns. Everybody knew him. So Jesus stayed in places in the wilderness. And the people came from every direction to see him.