Matthew 8:2
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New International Version
A man with leprosy came and knelt 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.

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.

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;'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And, behold, there came a leper - The leprosy λεπρα, from λεπις, a scale, was an inveterate cutaneous disease, appearing in dry, thin, white scurfy scales or scabs, either on the whole body, or on some part of it, usually attended with violent itching, and often with great pain. The eastern leprosy was a distemper of the most loathsome kind, highly contagious, so as to infect garments, (Leviticus 13:47, etc)., and houses, (Leviticus 14:34, etc)., and was deemed incurable by any human means. Among the Jews, God alone was applied to for its removal; and the cure was ever attributed to his sovereign power.

The various symptoms of this dreadful disorder, which was a striking emblem of sin, may be seen in Leviticus 13:14 :, where also may be read the legal ordinances concerning it; which, as on the one hand, they set forth how odious sin is to God, so, on the other, they represent the cleansing of our pollutions by the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ, by the sprinkling and application of his blood, and by the sanctifying and healing influences of the Holy Spirit.

The Greek name λεπρα, seems to have been given to this distemper, on account of the thin, white Scales (λεπιδες) with which the bodies of the leprous were sometimes so covered as to give them the appearance of snow, Exodus 4:6; Numbers 12:10; 2 Kings 5:27.

Herodotus, lib. 1, mentions this disorder as existing, in his time, among the Persians. He calls it λευκην, the white scab; and says, that those who were affected with it were prohibited from mingling with the other citizens; and so dreadful was this malady esteemed among them that they considered it a punishment on the person, from their great god, the sun, for some evil committed against him. Dr. Mead mentions a remarkable case of this kind which came under his own observation. "A countryman whose whole body was so miserably seized with it that his skin was shining as covered with flakes of snow, and as the furfuraceous or bran-like scales were daily rubbed off, the flesh appeared quick or raw underneath." See the doctor's Medica Sacra, chap. 2. It was probably on account of its tendency to produce this disorder, in that warm climate, that God forbade the use of swine's flesh to the Jews. Feeding on this crude aliment, in union with the intemperate use of ardent spirits, is, in all likelihood, the grand cause of the scurvy, which is so common in the British nations, and which would probably assume the form and virulence of a leprosy, were our climate as hot as that of Judea. See the notes on Exodus 4:6, and on Leviticus 13 (note) and Leviticus 14 (note).

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean - As this leper may be considered as a fit emblem of the corruption of man by sin; so may his cure, of the redemption of the soul by Christ. A sinner, truly penitent, seeks God with a respectful faith; approaches him in the spirit of adoration; humbles himself under his mighty hand, acknowledging the greatness of his fall, and the vileness of his sin; his prayer, like that of the leper, should be humble, plain, and full of confidence in that God who can do all things, and of dependence upon his will or mercy, from which all good must be derived. It is peculiar to God that he need only will what he intends to perform. His power is his will. The ability of God to do what is necessary to be done, and his willingness to make his creatures happy, should be deeply considered by all those who approach him in prayer. The leper had no doubt of the former, but he was far from being equally satisfied in respect of the latter.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Mark 1:40 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.


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 sought him...

a leper.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you 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...

Numbers 5:2,3 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that has an issue...

Numbers 12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked on Miriam, and...

Deuteronomy 24:8,9 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you...

2 Samuel 3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me...

2 Kings 5:1,27 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable...

2 Kings 7:3,4 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die...

2 Kings 15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and dwelled in a several house...

2 Chronicles 26:19-21 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests...

Luke 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

Luke 17:12-19 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off...


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...

Matthew 4:9 And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.

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

Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.

Matthew 28:9,17 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet...

Mark 1:40 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.

Mark 5:6,7 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him...

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 sought him...

John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God...

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant...

Revelation 22:8,9 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen...


Matthew 9:28,29 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus said to them, Believe you that I am able to do this...

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

Mark 9:22-24 And often it has cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do any thing, have compassion on us...

The Touch that Cleanses
'When He was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 1. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. 3. And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will; he thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.'--MATT. viii. 14. THE great collection
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Christ Repressing Rash Discipleship
'And a certain scribe came, and said unto Him, Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. 20. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head.'--MATT. viii. 19-20. Our Lord was just on the point of leaving Capernaum for the other side of the lake. His intended departure from the city, in which He had spent so long a time, and wrought so many miracles, produced precisely opposite effects on two of the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Heaven and Hell
To-night, I shall, I hope, encourage you to seek the road to heaven. I shall also have to utter some very sharp things concerning the end of the lost in the pit of hell. Upon both these subjects I will try and speak, as God helps me. But, I beseech you, as you love your souls, weigh right and wrong this night; see whether what I say be the truth of God. If it be not, reject it utterly, and cast it away; but if it is, at your peril disregard it; for, as you shall answer before God, the great Judge
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Twenty-Seventh Day. Activity in Duty.
"I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work."--John, ix. 4. How constant and unremitting was Jesus in the service of His Heavenly Father! "He rose a great while before day;" and, when His secret communion was over, His public work began. It mattered not to Him where He was: whether on the bosom of the deep, or a mountain slope--in the desert, or at a well-side--the "gracious words" ever "proceeded out of His mouth." We find, on one touching
John R. Macduff—The Mind of Jesus

Cross References
Matthew 8:1
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

Matthew 8:25
The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"

Matthew 9:18
While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put 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
"At this the servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient 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, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

Mark 1:40
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."

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