5:12 While 1 Jesus 2 was in one of the towns, 3 a man came 4 to him who was covered with 5 leprosy. 6 When 7 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 8 and begged him, 9 “Lord, if 10 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 11 he stretched out his hand and touched 12 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 13 he ordered the man 14 to tell no one, 15 but commanded him, 16 “Go 17 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 18 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 19 as a testimony to them.” 20 5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 21 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 22 and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 23 frequently withdrew 24 to the wilderness 25 and prayed.
[5:12] 1 tn Grk “And it happened that while.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
[5:12] 4 tn Grk “towns, behold, a man covered with leprosy.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou, “behold”) has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).
[5:12] 7 tn Grk “And seeing.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, δέ (de) has not been translated here. The participle ἰδών (idwn) has been taken temporally.
[5:14] 15 sn The silence ordered by Jesus was probably meant to last only until the cleansing took place with the priests and sought to prevent Jesus’ healings from becoming the central focus of the people’s reaction to him. See also 4:35, 41; 8:56 for other cases where Jesus asks for silence with reference to miracles.
[5:14] 16 tn The words “commanded him” are not in the Greek text but have been supplied for clarity. This verse moves from indirect to direct discourse. This abrupt change is very awkward, so the words have been supplied to smooth out the transition.
[5:14] 17 tn Grk “Going, show.” The participle ἀπελθών (apelqwn) has been translated as an attendant circumstance participle. Here the syntax also changes somewhat abruptly from indirect discourse to direct discourse.
[5:14] 20 tn Or “as an indictment against them”; or “as proof to the people.” This phrase could be taken as referring to a positive witness to the priests, a negative testimony against them, or as a testimony to the community that the man had indeed been cured. In any case, the testimony shows that Jesus is healing and ministering to those in need.
[5:16] 24 tn Grk “was withdrawing” (ἦν ὑποχωρῶν, hn jJupocwrwn). The adverb “frequently” has been added in the translation to bring out what is most likely an iterative force to the imperfect. However, the imperfect might instead portray an ingressive idea: “he began to withdraw.” See ExSyn 542-43.