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Jesus Heals Ten Lepers

11 On his way to Jerusalem Jesus passed through the border region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered one village, ten men approached him, but they kept their distance, for they were lepers. 13 They shouted to him, “Mighty Lord, our wonderful Master![a] Won’t you have mercy on us and heal us?”

14 When Jesus stopped to look at them, he spoke these words: “Go to be examined by the Jewish priests.”[b]

They set off, and they were healed while walking along the way. 15 One of them, a Samaritan,[c] when he discovered that he was completely healed, turned back to find Jesus, shouting out joyous praises and glorifying God. 16 When he found Jesus, he fell down at his feet and thanked him over and over, saying to him, “You are the Messiah.”[d]

17 “So where are the other nine?” Jesus asked. “Weren’t there ten who were healed? 18 They all refused to return to give thanks and give glory to God except you, a foreigner from Samaria?”

19 Then Jesus said to the healed man lying at his feet, “Arise and go. It was your faith that brought you salvation and made you whole.”

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  1. 17:13 The Greek word used here for “Master” is not the usual word used for “Teacher” or “Master.” It denotes one with supernatural authority and power.
  2. 17:14 This was what was required. See Lev. 13:19; 14:1–11. What a step of faith for these lepers as they stepped out on only the word Jesus spoke to them. They were to go to the priest, who would confirm their healing and declare them ceremonially clean and approved to go into the temple to worship God.
  3. 17:15 For a Samaritan man to give thanks to a Jewish man was indeed peculiar. Since he likely had no “priest,” he turned to the only one he knew to be a priest for him, Jesus Christ.
  4. 17:16 From the Aramaic text.