Matthew 8:2
New International Version
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

New Living Translation
Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and 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.”

Berean Study Bible
Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Berean Literal Bible
And behold a leper having come, was worshipping Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me."

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Right away a man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly a man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus. He said, "Lord, you have the power to make me well, if only you wanted to."

Good News Translation
Then a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to him, knelt down before him, and said, "Sir, if you want to, you can 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."

NET Bible
And a leper approached, and bowed low before him, saying, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

New Heart English Bible
And look, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And behold a certain leper came worshiping him, and he said, “My lord, if you are willing, you are able to purify me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A man with a serious skin disease came and bowed down in front of him. The man said to Jesus, "Sir, if you're willing, you can make me clean."

New American Standard 1977
And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, a leper came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou art willing, thou art able to cleanse me.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.

American King James Version
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

English Revised Version
And behold, there came to him a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Weymouth New Testament
And a leper came to Him, and throwing himself at His feet, said, "Sir, if only you are willing you are able to cleanse me."

World English Bible
Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."

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;'
Study Bible
The Leper's Prayer
1When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:1
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

Matthew 8:25
The disciples went and woke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"

Matthew 9:18
While Jesus was saying these things, a synagogue leader came and knelt before Him. "My daughter has just died," he said. "But come and place Your hand on her, and she will live."

Matthew 15:25
The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

Matthew 18:26
Then the servant fell on his knees before him. 'Have patience with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'

Matthew 20:20
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and knelt down to make a request of Him.

Mark 1:40
Then a leper came to Jesus, begging on his knees: "If You are willing, You can make me clean."

Luke 5:12
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell facedown and begged Him, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

John 9:38
"Lord, I believe," he said. And he worshiped Jesus.

Acts 10:14
"No, Lord!" Peter answered. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean."

Acts 10:25
As Peter was about to enter, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet to worship him.

Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.

behold.

Mark 1:40
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Luke 5:12
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 besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

a leper.

Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Matthew 26:6
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

Leviticus 13:44-46
He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head…

worshipped.

Matthew 2:11
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 4:9
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Matthew 14:33
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

if.

Matthew 9:28,29
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord…

Matthew 13:58
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Mark 9:22-24
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us…







Lexicon
Suddenly
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

a leper
λεπρὸς (lepros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3015: A leprous person, a leper. From the same as lepra; scaly, i.e. Leprous.

came
προσελθὼν (proselthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4334: From pros and erchomai; to approach, i.e. come near, visit, or worship, assent to.

[and] knelt before
προσεκύνει (prosekynei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4352: From pros and a probable derivative of kuon; to fawn or crouch to, i.e. prostrate oneself in homage.

Him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

saying,
λέγων (legōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“Lord,
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

if
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

You are willing,
θέλῃς (thelēs)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

You can
δύνασαί (dynasai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

make me clean.”
καθαρίσαι (katharisai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2511: To cleanse, make clean, literally, ceremonially, or spiritually, according to context. From katharos; to cleanse.
(2) A leper.--The discussion of leprosy, as to its nature, symptoms, and causes, would be at once long and difficult. The word, which is Greek and not Hebrew in its origin, has probably been used with varying extent of meaning, sometimes including elephantiasis, or even cancer. Even in its narrower meaning, as used by Hippocrates, leprosy was subdivided into three kinds: (1) the mealy, (2) the white, (3) the black, according to the appearance presented by the portions of diseased flesh. Confining ourselves to the Biblical form of the disease, we note (1) its probable origin in the squalor and wretchedness of the Egyptian bondage. It was the "botch," or plague "of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 28:27). In the Egyptian legends of the Exodus, indeed, the Israelites were said to have been expelled because they were lepers. (2) Its main features were the appearance of a bright spot on the flesh, whiter than the rest, spreading, in flaming, cracking; an ichorous humour oozing from the cracks, the skin becoming hard, scaly, "as white as snow" (Exodus 4:6; 2Kings 5:27). One so affected was regarded as unclean; his touch brought defilement (Leviticus 13:3; Leviticus 13:11; Leviticus 13:15). He was looked upon as smitten with a divine plague, and cases like those of Miriam and Gehazi gave strength to the belief. He had to live apart from his fellows, to wear on his brow the outward sign of separation, to cry out the words of warning, "Unclean, unclean" (Leviticus 13:45). The idea which lay at the bottom of this separation seems to have been one of abhorrence rather than precaution. The disease was loathsome, but there is no evidence that it was contagious, or even believed to be contagious. At the stage in which it reached its height, and the whole body was covered with the botch and scabs, the man was, by a strange contrast, declared to be ceremonially clean (Leviticus 13:13), and in this state, therefore, the leper might return to his kindred, and take his place among the worshippers of the synagogue. In the case now before us, the man would appear to have been as yet in the intermediate stage. St. Luke describes him, however, as "full of leprosy."

Worshipped him--i.e., as in St. Mark, "falling on his knees," or in St. Luke, "falling on his face," in the highest form of Eastern homage. The act gave to the word "Lord" the emphasis of one, at least, of its higher meanings.

If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.--The words imply either that he had seen or heard of our Lord's works of healing, or that His words had impressed him with the belief that the Teacher must have a power extending to acts also. There does not appear to have been any previous case of leprosy miraculously cleansed. The words of the man involve a singular mingling of faith and distrust. He believes in the power, he does not as yet believe in the will. Can it stoop to one so foul as he? If he shared the common feeling that leprosy was the punishment of sin, he might ask: himself, Will He pity and relieve one so sinful?

Verse 2. - And, behold. In this case the unexpected (Matthew 1:20, note) was the near approach (προσελθών), the "worship," and the prayer of an outcast. There came a leper. Loathsome physically and typically. The other passages which speak of the healing of lepers by our Lord or the apostles are

(1) Matthew 10:8;

(2) Matthew 11:5; parallel passage, Luke 7:22;

(3) Luke 17:12;

(4) perhaps Matthew 26:6; parallel passage, Mark 14:3. And worshipped him (Matthew 4:9, note). From the parallel passages we may see that the word here refers more to the posture of his body than to the nature of his thoughts. Saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Leprosy stood in so peculiar and solemn a relation to the Israelites that it would hardly be included under the terms, "all manner of disease, and all manner of sickness," in Matthew 4:23, 24; we have therefore no evidence that up to this time any leper had been healed by our Lord. The man's utterance marks, therefore, a distinct advance in faith. None like him, the object of the Divine "stroke," had been healed; but from lesser examples of Jesus' power he argues to the greater. Sure of Jesus' power, he appeals to his heart. Make me clean (καθαρίσαι). Not merely "heal me;" for a leper could not but think of healing and its consequences - restoration to social and religious privileges (vide infra). 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.
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