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 

7:31To what then should I compare the people 112  of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 113 

‘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 

Jesus’ Anointing

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.”

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