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Luke 7

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
1After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, #For ver. 1-10, see Matt. 8:5-13he entered Capernaum. 2Now a centurion had a servant#7:2 Or bondservant; also verses 3, 8, 10 who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3When the centurion#7:3 Greek he heard about Jesus, #[Matt. 8:5]he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, #[Acts 10:22]“He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us #ch. 4:31, 33our synagogue.” 6And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, #ch. 8:49; Mark 5:35; [Matt. 9:36 (Gk.)]do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But #Ps. 107:20; [Matt. 8:16]say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9When Jesus heard these things, #[Mark 6:6] he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such #See Matt. 9:2faith.” 10And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11Soon afterward#7:11 Some manuscripts The next day he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, #[ch. 8:42; 9:38; Judg. 11:34; Heb. 11:17]the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, #Matt. 20:34 he had compassion on her and #ch. 8:52said to her, “Do not weep.” 14Then he came up and touched #2 Sam. 3:31 the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, #ch. 8:54; Mark 5:41; [ver. 22; Matt. 11:5; John 11:43; Acts 9:40]arise.” 15And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus#7:15 Greek he #[1 Kgs. 17:23; 2 Kgs. 4:36; Heb. 11:35]gave him to his mother. 16Fear seized them all, and #ch. 2:20; Matt. 9:8; 15:31; Acts 11:18; 21:20; [Matt. 5:16]; See ch. 13:13 they glorified God, saying, #ver. 39; See Deut. 18:15; Matt. 21:11 “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and #See ch. 1:68“God has visited his people!” 17And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
Messengers from John the Baptist
18 # For ver. 18-35, see Matt. 11:2-19 # See Matt. 9:14 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one #John 4:25; 6:14; 11:27 who is to come, or #[ch. 3:15]shall we look for another?” 20And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one #[See ver. 19 above] who is to come, or #[See ver. 19 above]shall we look for another?’” 21In that hour #Mark 1:34 he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and #ch. 18:42; Matt. 9:30; 12:22; 15:31; 20:34; 21:14; Mark 8:25; John 9:7on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: #Isa. 29:18; 35:5, 6; Matt. 15:30 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, #ch. 17:14 lepers#7:22 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 are cleansed, and #Mark 7:35 the deaf hear, #See ver. 14 the dead are raised up, #ch. 4:18; [Matt. 5:3; James 2:5]the poor have good news preached to them. 23And blessed is the one who is #Isa. 8:14, 15; John 6:61not offended by me.”
24When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus#7:24 Greek he began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out #ch. 1:80; 3:2 into the wilderness to see? #[Eph. 4:14; James 1:6]A reed shaken by the wind? 25What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26What then did you go out to see? #ch. 1:76; 20:6; Matt. 14:5A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written,
# Mark 1:2; Cited from Mal. 3:1; [ch. 1:17, 76] “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29(#[ch. 20:6] When all the people heard this, and #ch. 3:12; Matt. 21:32 the tax collectors too, they declared God just,#7:29 Greek they justified God #ch. 3:12; Matt. 21:32 having been baptized with #Acts 18:25; 19:3the baptism of John, 30#[Matt. 21:25, 32; 23:13] but the Pharisees and #ch. 10:25; 11:45, 46, 52; 14:3; Matt. 22:35 the lawyers #See Mark 7:9 rejected #Acts 2:23; 13:36the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,
“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist has come # Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6 eating no bread and # ch. 1:15 drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34The Son of Man has come #ver. 36; ch. 14:1; Matt. 9:10; John 2:1; 12:2 eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, #ch. 15:2; 19:7; Matt. 9:11a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35Yet #[ch. 11:49; Prov. 8:1-36]wisdom is justified by all her children.”
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
36 # ch. 11:37; 14:1 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37#For ver. 37-39, [Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8]And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and #ver. 44; John 11:2wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If #[ch. 15:2] this man were #ver. 16; John 4:19 a prophet, he #[ch. 22:64]would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred # See Matt. 18:28 denarii, and the other fifty. 42#Matt. 18:25 When they could not pay, he #[Rom. 8:32 (Gk.)]cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; #1 Tim. 5:10; See Gen. 18:4 you gave me no water for my feet, but #ver. 38she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45#2 Sam. 15:5; 19:39; 20:9 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to #ver. 38kiss my feet. 46#Ps. 23:5; 141:5; Eccles. 9:8; Matt. 6:17You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, #[ver. 39]which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48And he said to her, #ch. 5:20; Matt. 9:2; Mark 2:5; James 5:15; 1 John 2:12; [John 20:23]“Your sins are forgiven.” 49Then those who were at table with him began to say among#7:49 Or to themselves, #ch. 5:21“Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50And he said to the woman, #ver. 9; [ver. 47; 1 Tim. 1:14]; See Mark 10:52; Eph. 2:8 “Your faith has saved you; #ch. 8:48; 1 Sam. 1:17; Mark 5:34go in peace.”

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