And it came to pass, as Jesus was in one of the cities, behold, a man full of leprosy, seeing Jesus, came to Him, and kneeling down, fell on his face and worshipped Him, and besought Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou art able to cleanse me." And Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth His hand and touched him and saith to him, "I will; be cleansed." And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And having strictly charged him to tell no one, He immediately sent him away, and saith to him, "See thou say nothing to any one; but go, shew thyself to the priest and offer for thy cleansing the gift which Moses enjoined, for a testimony to them." But he, going forth, began to publish it much and to spread abroad the matter, so that Jesus could no longer enter into a city openly, but was without in desert places; but much more the report concerning Him was spread abroad, and great multitudes came together to Him from every quarter, to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities. But He retired into the deserts to pray, as He was accustomed to do.