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Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
1Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He #Matt. 8:5–13entered Capernaum. 2And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5“for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
6Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But #Ps. 33:9Ps 107:20say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8For I also am a man placed under #(Mark 13:34)authority, having 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, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
Jesus Raises the Son of the Widow of Nain
11Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, He had #Lam. 3:32John 11:35(Heb. 4:15)compassion on her and said to her, #Luke 8:52“Do not weep.” 14Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, #Mark 5:41Luke 8:54John 11:43Acts 9:40(Rom. 4:17)arise.” 15So he who was dead #Matt. 11:5Luke 8:55John 11:44sat up and began to speak. And He #1 Kin. 17:232 Kin. 4:36presented him to his mother.
16#Luke 1:65Then fear came upon all, and they #Luke 5:26glorified God, saying, #Luke 24:19John 4:19John 6:14John 9:17“A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, #Luke 1:68“God has visited His people.” 17And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.
John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
18#Matt. 11:2–19Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You #(Mic. 5:2Zech. 9:9Mal. 3:1–3)the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
20When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ” 21And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
22#Matt. 11:4Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: #Is. 35:5that the blind #John 9:7see, the lame #Matt. 15:31walk, the lepers are #Luke 17:12–14cleansed, the deaf #Mark 7:37hear, the dead are raised, #(Is. 61:1–3Luke 4:18)the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
24#Matt. 11:7When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written:
#Is. 40:3Mal. 3:1Matt. 11:10Mark 1:2‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
28For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a #(Luke 1:15)greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, #Matt. 3:5Luke 3:12having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected #Acts 20:27the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
31And the Lord said, #Matt. 11:16“To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:
‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not weep.’
33For #Matt. 3:1John the Baptist came #(Matt. 3:4)Luke 1:15neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34The Son of Man has come #Luke 15:2eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35#Matt. 11:19But wisdom is justified by all her children.”
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
36#Matt. 26:6Mark 14:3John 11:2Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, #Luke 15:2“This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred #Matt. 18:28Mark 6:37denarii, and the other fifty. 42And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no #Gen. 18:4Ge 19:2Ge 43:24Judg. 19:211 Tim. 5:10water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45You gave Me no #Rom. 16:16kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46#2 Sam. 12:20Ps. 23:5Eccl. 9:8Dan. 10:3You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47#(1 Tim. 1:14)Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48Then He said to her, #Matt. 9:2Mark 2:5“Your sins are forgiven.”
49And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, #Matt. 9:3(Mark 2:7)Luke 5:21“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50Then He said to the woman, #Matt. 9:22Mark 5:34Mark 10:52Luke 8:48Luke 18:42“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
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