Bible: Luke 7
Healing the Centurion’s Slave
7:1 After Jesus 1 had finished teaching all this to the people, 2 he entered Capernaum. 3 7:2 A centurion 4 there 5 had a slave 6 who was highly regarded, 7 but who was sick and at the point of death. 7:3 When the centurion 8 heard 9 about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders 10 to him, asking him to come 11 and heal his slave. 7:4 When 12 they came 13 to Jesus, they urged 14 him earnestly, 15 “He is worthy 16 to have you do this for him, 7:5 because he loves our nation, 17 and even 18 built our synagogue.” 19 7:6 So 20 Jesus went with them. When 21 he was not far from the house, the centurion 22 sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, 23 for I am not worthy 24 to have you come under my roof. 7:7 That is why 25 I did not presume 26 to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. 27 7:8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. 28 I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, 29 and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 30 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed 31 at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” 32 7:10 So 33 when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave 34 well.
Raising a Widow’s Son
7:11 Soon 35 afterward 36 Jesus 37 went to a town 38 called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 7:12 As he approached the town gate, a man 39 who had died was being carried out, 40 the only son of his mother (who 41 was a widow 42 ), and a large crowd from the town 43 was with her. 7:13 When 44 the Lord saw her, he had compassion 45 for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 46 7:14 Then 47 he came up 48 and touched 49 the bier, 50 and those who carried it stood still. He 51 said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 7:15 So 52 the dead man 53 sat up and began to speak, and Jesus 54 gave him back 55 to his mother. 7:16 Fear 56 seized them all, and they began to glorify 57 God, saying, “A great prophet 58 has appeared 59 among us!” and “God has come to help 60 his people!” 7:17 This 61 report 62 about Jesus 63 circulated 64 throughout 65 Judea and all the surrounding country.
Jesus and John the Baptist
7:18 John’s 66 disciples informed him about all these things. So 67 John called 68 two of his disciples 7:19 and sent them to Jesus 69 to ask, 70 “Are you the one who is to come, 71 or should we look for another?” 7:20 When 72 the men came to Jesus, 73 they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 74 ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” 75 7:21 At that very time 76 Jesus 77 cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 78 and evil spirits, and granted 79 sight to many who were blind. 7:22 So 80 he answered them, 81 “Go tell 82 John what you have seen and heard: 83 The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 84 deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 7:23 Blessed is anyone 85 who takes no offense at me.”
7:24 When 86 John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 87 began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 88 to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 89 7:25 What 90 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 91 clothes? 92 Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 93 are in kings’ courts! 94 7:26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 95 than a prophet. 7:27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 96 who will prepare your way before you.’ 97 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 98 than John. 99 Yet the one who is least 100 in the kingdom of God 101 is greater than he is.” 7:29 (Now 102 all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 103 acknowledged 104 God’s justice, because they had been baptized 105 with John’s baptism. 7:30 However, the Pharisees 106 and the experts in religious law 107 rejected God’s purpose 108 for themselves, because they had not been baptized 109 by John. 110 ) 111
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 114
we wailed in mourning, 115 yet you did not weep.’
7:33 For John the Baptist has come 116 eating no bread and drinking no wine, 117 and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 118 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 119 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 120 7:35 But wisdom is vindicated 121 by all her children.” 122
7:36 Now one of the Pharisees 123 asked Jesus 124 to have dinner with him, so 125 he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 126 7:37 Then 127 when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus 128 was dining 129 at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar 130 of perfumed oil. 131 7:38 As 132 she stood 133 behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She 134 wiped them with her hair, 135 kissed 136 them, 137 and anointed 138 them with the perfumed oil. 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, 139 he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, 140 he would know who and what kind of woman 141 this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 7:40 So 142 Jesus answered him, 143 “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, 144 “Say it, Teacher.” 7:41 “A certain creditor 145 had two debtors; one owed him 146 five hundred silver coins, 147 and the other fifty. 7:42 When they could not pay, he canceled 148 the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 7:43 Simon answered, 149 “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” 150 Jesus 151 said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 7:44 Then, 152 turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, 153 but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 7:45 You gave me no kiss of greeting, 154 but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. 7:46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet 155 with perfumed oil. 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; 156 but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” 7:48 Then 157 Jesus 158 said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 159 7:49 But 160 those who were at the table 161 with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 7:50 He 162 said to the woman, “Your faith 163 has saved you; 164 go in peace.”