11And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He
passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him
ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us.
14And when He saw them, He said unto them,
Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass,
that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed,
turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him
thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17And Jesus answering said, Were there
not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18There are not found that returned
to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19And He said unto him, Arise, go
thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
- All ten men acknowledged Him as Master, saying, Jesus,
Master, have mercy on us!. And all ten men came to receive their healing.
- As they went to the priests, while they still going they were cleansed,
(thus they went by faith).
- Only the Samaritan, (the non-Jew) returned to give thanks to God.
Most likely, the other nine were Jewish men and kept on going to the priests to
fulfill the required sacrifice, (the law), rather than returning to show their gratitude.
Trying to keep the Law can get in the way of the more needful things such as showing
mercy and compassion, Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have
omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these
ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.