21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.y 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.z 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us,a Jesus of Nazareth?b Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”c
27 The people were all so amazedf that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole regiong of Galilee.
29 As soon as they left the synagogue,h they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up.i The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.j 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.k He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.l
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.m 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”n 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogueso and driving out demons.p
41 Jesus was indignant.i He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone.r But go, show yourself to the priests and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing,t as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.u Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.v
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
Many manuscripts Jesus was filled with compassion