Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When he came down from the mountain, (A)great crowds followed him. (B)And behold, a leper[a] came to him and (C)knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, (D)“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, (E)show yourself to the priest and (F)offer the gift that Moses commanded, (G)for a proof to them.”

The Faith of a Centurion

(H)When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but (I)only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[c] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, (J)he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with (K)no one in Israel[d] have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, (L)many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 (M)while the sons of the kingdom (N)will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place (O)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you (P)as you have believed.” (Q)And the servant was healed at that very moment.

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  1. Matthew 8:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Matthew 8:3 Greek he
  3. Matthew 8:9 Or bondservant
  4. Matthew 8:10 Some manuscripts not even in Israel

25 With (A)the merciful you show yourself merciful;
    with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26 with the purified you show yourself pure;
    and with (B)the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27 For you save (C)a humble people,
    but (D)the haughty eyes you bring down.
28 For it is you who light my (E)lamp;
    the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29 For by you I can run against a troop,
    and by my God I can (F)leap over (G)a wall.
30 This God—his way is (H)perfect;[a]
    the word of the Lord (I)proves true;
    he is (J)a shield for all those who (K)take refuge in him.

31 For (L)who is God, but the Lord?
    And who is (M)a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who (N)equipped me with strength
    and made my way (O)blameless.
33 He made my feet like the feet of a (P)deer
    and set me secure on (Q)the heights.
34 He (R)trains my hands for war,
    so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
    and your right hand (S)supported me,
    and your (T)gentleness made me great.
36 You (U)gave a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
    and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
    they fell under my feet.
39 For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
    you made those who rise against me sink under me.
40 You made my enemies (V)turn their backs to me,[b]
    and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 (W)They cried for help, but there was none to save;
    they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine as (X)dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like (Y)the mire of the streets.

43 You delivered me from (Z)strife with the people;
    you made me (AA)the head of the nations;
    (AB)people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
    (AC)foreigners (AD)came cringing to me.
45 (AE)Foreigners lost heart
    and (AF)came trembling out of their fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
    and exalted be the God of my salvation—
47 the God who gave me vengeance
    and (AG)subdued peoples under me,
48 who rescued me from my enemies;
    yes, you (AH)exalted me above those who rose against me;
    you delivered me from (AI)the man of violence.

49 (AJ)For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
    and (AK)sing to your name.
50 Great (AL)salvation he brings to his king,
    and shows steadfast love to his (AM)anointed,
    to (AN)David and his offspring forever.

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  1. Psalm 18:30 Or blameless
  2. Psalm 18:40 Or You gave me my enemies' necks

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