Luke 7:3
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New International Version
The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.

New Living Translation
When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave.

English Standard Version
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.

Berean Study Bible
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask Him to come and heal his servant.

Berean Literal Bible
And having heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, begging Him that having come, He might save his servant.

New American Standard Bible
When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave.

King James Bible
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and save the life of his slave.

International Standard Version
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and save his servant's life.

NET Bible
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.

New Heart English Bible
When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him Jewish elders, asking him to come and save his servant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he had heard about Yeshua, and he sent Elders of the Jews to him and he was begging him to come and save the life of his servant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The officer had heard about Jesus and sent some Jewish leaders to him. They were to ask Jesus to come and save the servant's life.

New American Standard 1977
And when he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and free his slave.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

American King James Version
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent to him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

American Standard Version
And when he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, asking him that he would come and save his servant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the ancients of the Jews, desiring him to come and heal his servant.

Darby Bible Translation
and having heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, begging him that he might come and save his bondman.

English Revised Version
And when he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, asking him that he would come and save his servant.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent to him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

Weymouth New Testament
and the Captain, hearing about Jesus, sent to Him some of the Jewish Elders, begging Him to come and restore his servant to health.

World English Bible
When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and save his servant.

Young's Literal Translation
and having heard about Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, beseeching him, that having come he might thoroughly save his servant.
Study Bible
The Faith of the Centurion
2There a highly valued servant of a centurion was sick and about to die. 3When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask Him to come and heal his servant. 4They came to Jesus and pleaded with Him earnestly, “This man is worthy to have You grant this,…
Cross References
Matthew 8:5
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came and pleaded with Him,

Luke 7:2
There a highly valued servant of a centurion was sick and about to die.

Luke 7:4
They came to Jesus and pleaded with Him earnestly, "This man is worthy to have You grant this,
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(3) He sent unto him the elders of the Jews.--The noun has no article. Better, He sent unto Him elders; not as the English suggests, the whole body of elders belonging to the synagogue or town. This is peculiar to St. Luke, and is obviously important as bearing on the position and character of the centurion. He was, like Cornelius, at least half a proselyte.

Verse 3. - And when he heard of Jesus; better rendered, having heard about Jesus. His fame as a good Physician, such as never had arisen before, coupled with his reputation as a Teacher, had now travelled far and wide. The devout centurion probably had watched with extreme interest the career of the strange and remarkable Teacher-Prophet who had risen up among the people, and had apparently (see note on ver. 7) made up his mind that this Jesus was no mortal man. He sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant; better rendered elders without the article; that is, some of the official elders connected with his own synagogue. These would be able, with more grace than himself, to plead his cause with the Master, telling him how well the centurion had deserved any assistance which a Jewish physician could afford him. And when he heard of Jesus,.... That he was come, as the Ethiopic version adds, into the city of Capernaum; or of his miracles, which he had done there, and elsewhere:

he sent unto him the elders of the Jews: in whom he had an interest, judging himself, being a Gentile, very unworthy and unfit to go himself, and ask a favour of so great a person as Christ was, such was his modesty and humility. These elders he sent, were not the more ancient inhabitants of the city, called , "the elders of, or among the common people", as distinguished from , "the elders of the law", or those that were old in knowledge; of both which it is said by R. Simeon ben Achasia (m), that

"the elders of the common people, when they grow old, their knowledge fails in them, as it is said, John 12:20 but so it is not with the "elders of the law"; but when they grow old, their knowledge rests in them, as it is said, Job 12:12.''

But these were either some principal officers of the city, called the elders of the people elsewhere; particularly, who were members of the sanhedrim; for as elders, when they design the elders in Jerusalem, mean the great sanhedrim (n) there; so elders, in other places, intend the sanhedrim, consisting of twenty one persons, or the bench of three; and such were these, the centurion sent to Christ:

beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant: he besought him most earnestly by these messengers, that he would come to his house, and cure his servant of the palsy, by laying his hands on him, or commanding the distemper off, by a word speaking; or in what way he should think fit, for he made no doubt that he was able to heal him.

(m) Misn. Kenim, c. 3. sect. 6. (n) T. Hieros. Sota, fol. 23. 3.7:1-10 Servants should study to endear themselves to their masters. Masters ought to take particular care of their servants when they are sick. We may still, by faithful and fervent prayer, apply to Christ, and ought to do so when sickness is in our families. The building places for religious worship is a good work, and an instance of love to God and his people. Our Lord Jesus was pleased with the centurion's faith; and he never fails to answer the expectations of that faith which honours his power and love. The cure soon wrought and perfect.
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