Parallel VersesNew International Version
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
English Standard Version
And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
New American Standard Bible
And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
King James Bible
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
International Standard Version
Suddenly, a leper came up to him, fell down before him, and said, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean."
American Standard Version
And behold, there came to him a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And behold a leper came and adored him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Darby Bible Translation
And behold, a leper came up to him and did him homage, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou art able to cleanse me.
Young's Literal Translation
and lo, a leper having come, was bowing to him, saying, 'Sir, if thou art willing, thou art able to cleanse me;'
Cross ReferencesMatthew 8:1
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
While he spoke these things to them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay your hand on her, and she shall live.
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, If you will, you can make me clean.
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and sought him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
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8:2-4 In these verses we have an account of Christ's cleansing a leper, who came and worshipped him, as one clothed with Divine power. This cleansing directs us, not only to apply to Christ, who has power over bodily diseases, for the cure of them, but it also teaches us in what manner to apply to him. When we cannot be sure of God's will, we may be sure of his wisdom and mercy. No guilt is so great, but there is that in Christ's blood which atones for it; no corruption so strong, but there is that in his grace which can subdue it. To be made clean we must commend ourselves to his pity; we cannot demand it as a debt, but we must humbly request it as a favour. Those who by faith apply to Christ for mercy and grace, may be sure that he is freely willing to give them the mercy and grace they thus seek. And those afflictions are blessed that bring us to know Christ, and cause us to seek help and salvation from him. Let those who are cleansed from their spiritual leprosy, go to Christ's ministers and open their case, that they may advise, comfort, and pray for them.
2. And, behold, there came a leper—"a man full of leprosy," says Lu 5:12. Much has been written on this disease of leprosy, but certain points remain still doubtful. All that needs be said here is that it was a cutaneous disease, of a loathsome, diffusive, and, there is reason to believe, when thoroughly pronounced, incurable character; that though in its distinctive features it is still found in several countries—as Arabia, Egypt, and South Africa—it prevailed, in the form of what is called white leprosy, to an unusual extent, and from a very early period, among the Hebrews; and that it thus furnished to the whole nation a familiar and affecting symbol of SIN, considered as (1) loathsome, (2) spreading, (3) incurable. And while the ceremonial ordinances for detection and cleansing prescribed in this case by the law of Moses (Le 13:1-14:57) held forth a coming remedy "for sin and for uncleanness" (Ps 51:7; 2Ki 5:1, 7, 10, 13, 14), the numerous cases of leprosy with which our Lord came in contact, and the glorious cures of them which He wrought, were a fitting manifestation of the work which He came to accomplish. In this view, it deserves to be noticed that the first of our Lord's miracles of healing recorded by Matthew is this cure of a leper.
and worshipped him—in what sense we shall presently see. Mark says (Mr 1:40), he came, "beseeching and kneeling to Him," and Luke says (Lu 5:12), "he fell on his face."
saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean—As this is the only cure of leprosy recorded by all the three first Evangelists, it was probably the first case of the kind; and if so, this leper's faith in the power of Christ must have been formed in him by what he had heard of His other cures. And how striking a faith is it! He does not say he believed Him able, but with a brevity expressive of a confidence that knew no doubt, he says simply, "Thou canst." But of Christ's willingness to heal him he was not so sure. It needed more knowledge of Jesus than he could be supposed to have to assure him of that. But one thing he was sure of, that He had but to "will" it. This shows with what "worship" of Christ this leper fell on his face before Him. Clear theological knowledge of the Person of Christ was not then possessed even by those who were most with Him and nearest to Him. Much less could full insight into all that we know of the Only-begotten of the Father be expected of this leper. But he who at that moment felt and owned that to heal an incurable disease needed but the fiat of the Person who stood before him, had assuredly that very faith in the germ which now casts its crown before Him that loved us, and would at any time die for His blessed name.