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40 Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy. A man with leprosy[a] approached and, kneeling before him, begged him, “If you choose to do so, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, “he stretched out his hand and touched him,[b] saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 42 Immediately, the leprosy left him and he was cured.

43 Jesus then sent him away at once, after first sternly warning him, 44 “See that you tell no one anything about this. Just go and show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed. That will be proof for them.”[c]

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  1. Mark 1:40 Leprosy: see Lev 13–14.
  2. Mark 1:41 Touched him: an act that caused defilement according to the Law (see Lev 13:45-46). Jesus’ compassion superseded any consideration of defilement.
  3. Mark 1:44 For this ritual cleansing, see Lev 14:1-32.