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Mark 1:40

    Mark 1:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And a leper came to him and, going down on his knees before him, made a request, saying, If it is your pleasure, you have the power to make me clean.

    Webster's Revision

    And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    World English Bible

    A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, "If you want to, you can make me clean."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

    Clarke's Commentary on Mark 1:40

    There came a leper - See the notes on Matthew 8:2, etc.

    Should any be inclined to preach on this cleansing of the leper, Mark is the best evangelist to take the account from, because he is more circumstantial than either Matthew or Luke.

    I. Consider this leper.

    1. He heard of Jesus and his miracles.

    2. He came to him for a cure, conscious of his disease.

    3. He earnestly besought him to grant the mercy he needed.

    4. He fell down on his knees, (with his face to the earth, Luke 5:12), thus showing his humbled state, and the distress of his soul.

    5. He appealed to his love - if thou wilt; with a full conviction of his ability - thou canst; in order to get healed.

    II. Consider Jesus.

    1. He is moved with tender compassion towards him: this is the alone source of all human salvation.

    2. He stretches forth his hand, showing thus his readiness to relieve him.

    3. He touches him; though this was prohibited by the law, and rendered him who did it in any common case legally unclean.

    4. He proves at once his infinite love and unlimited power, by his word and by his act; I will - be thou cleansed; and immediately his leprosy was removed. But see on Matthew 8:2 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 1:40

    And there came a leper ... - See the notes at Matthew 8:1-4.

    Kneeling down to him - He kneeled and inclined his face to the ground, in token of deep humiliation and earnest entreaty. Compare Luke 5:12.

    If thou wilt - This was an acknowledgment of the almighty power of Jesus, and an appeal to his benevolence.

    Make me clean - You (Jesus) can heal me of this loathsome and offensive disease, in the eye of the law justly regarded as "unclean," and render me "legally" clean, and restore me to the privileges of the congregation.

    And Jesus ...touched him - It was by the law considered as unclean to touch a leprous man. See Numbers 5:2. The fact that Jesus touched him was evidence that the requisite power had been already put forth to heal him; that Jesus regarded him as already clean.

    I will - Here was a most manifest proof of his divine power. None but God can work a miracle; yet Jesus does it by his "own will" - by an exertion of his own power. Therefore, Jesus is divine.

    See thou say nothing to any man - The law of Moses required that a man who was healed of the leprosy should be pronounced clean by the priest before he could be admitted again to the privileges of the congregation, Leviticus 14. Christ, though he had cleansed him, yet required him to be obedient to the law of the land - to go at once to the priest, and not to make delay by stopping to converse about his being healed. It was also possible that, if he did not go at once, evil-minded men would go before him and prejudice the priest, and prevent his declaring the healing to be thorough because it was done by Jesus. It was of further importance that "the priest" should pronounce it to be a genuine cure, that there might be no cavils among the Jews against its being a real miracle.

    Offer for thy cleansing those things ... - Two birds, and cedar-wood, and scarlet, and hyssop; and after eight days, two he-lambs, without blemish, and one ewe-lamb, and fine flour, and oil, Leviticus 14:4, Leviticus 14:10.

    For a testimony unto them - Not to the priest, but to the people, that they may have evidence that it is a real cure. The testimony of the priest on the subject would be decisive.

    Wesley's Notes on Mark 1:40

    1:40 Mt 8:2; Lu 5:12.