Luke 7:4
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New International Version
When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,

New Living Translation
So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. "If anyone deserves your help, he does," they said,

English Standard Version
And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him,

Berean Study Bible
They came to Jesus and pleaded with Him earnestly, "This man is worthy to have You grant this,

Berean Literal Bible
And having come to Jesus, they were begging Him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to whom You will grant this,

New American Standard Bible
When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, "He is worthy for You to grant this to him;

King James Bible
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with Him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for You to grant this,

International Standard Version
So they went to Jesus and begged him repeatedly, "He deserves to have this done for him,

NET Bible
When they came to Jesus, they urged him earnestly, "He is worthy to have you do this for him,

New Heart English Bible
When they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for you to do this for him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when they came to Yeshua, they were seeking from him diligently and they were saying, “He is worthy that you should do this for him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They came to Jesus and begged, "He deserves your help.

New American Standard 1977
And when they had come to Jesus, they earnestly entreated Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he is worthy that this should be done for him,

King James 2000 Bible
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

American King James Version
And when they came to Jesus, they sought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

American Standard Version
And they, when they came to Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying to him: He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him.

Darby Bible Translation
But they, being come to Jesus, besought him diligently, saying, He is worthy to whom thou shouldest grant this,

English Revised Version
And they, when they came to Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him:

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Weymouth New Testament
And they, when they came to Jesus, earnestly entreated Him, pleading, "He deserves to have this favour granted him,

World English Bible
When they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for you to do this for him,

Young's Literal Translation
And they, having come near unto Jesus, were calling upon him earnestly, saying -- 'He is worthy to whom thou shalt do this,
Study Bible
The Faith of the Centurion
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, 5for he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”…
Cross References
Luke 7:3
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask Him to come and heal his servant.

Luke 7:5
for he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."

Acts 10:2
He and all his household were devout and God-fearing. He gave generously to the people and prayed to God regularly.
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(4) They besought him instantly.--Better, earnestly, or urgently, the adverb "instantly" having practically lost the meaning which our translators attached to it.

Verses 4, 5. - He was worthy for whom he should do this: for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. There are several mentions of these Roman military officers in the Gospels and Acts, and in every instance the mention is a favourable one. Still more notable instances occur in the case of Cornelius - to whom Peter was specially sent (Acts 10, 11.) - of the centurion who was on guard at the execution on Calvary, and of the centurion who conveyed Paul to Rome (Acts 27:1-3). On these Gentile soldiers "the faith and life of Judaism (seen, we may well believe, to more advantage in the village life of Galilee than amid the factions of Jerusalem) had made a deep impression: he found a purity, reverence, simplicity, and nobleness of life which he had not found elsewhere, and so he loved the nation, and built a new one of the synagogues of the town" (Dean Plumptre). The centurion was apparently one of those foreigners who - without submitting to circumcision and other burdensome ceremonial rites which were incompatible with the exercise of his profession - had accepted the faith of Israel, and worshipped with the people in the position of one who, in another age, would have been termed a "proselyte of the gate." He was evidently one of those true-hearted men who translated a beautiful creed into acts, for it was specially urged by the elders, in their petition to Jesus, that he loved the people, no doubt emphasizing his generous almsgivings, and, as a crowning act of his kindness, had built a synagogue Capernaum. Modern travellers tell us that among the ruins of this city of Jesus are the remains of a white marble synagogue of the time of the Herods. This may have been the Roman soldier's noble gift to Israel. The whole character of this nameless officer seems to have been singularly noble. In those selfish days of undreamed-of luxury, cruelty, and heartlessness, for a master to care for, much less to love, a slave was, comparatively speaking, rare. From his message to Jesus (ver. 7) it would seem as though he had a clearer conception who the poor Galilaean Teacher was than any one else at that period of the public ministry, not excluding the inner circle of disciples. And when they came to Jesus,.... To that part of the city where he was; either at Peter's house, where he used to be when in this place; or rather it might be as he was passing along the streets, that they came up to him

they besought him instantly; or with great vehemence and importunity; very studiously and carefully they urged the case, and pressed him much to it:

saying, he was worthy for whom he should do this; or, "for whom thou shouldst do this", as the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, and some copies; and which reading connects the words best. This speech of theirs savours of their "pharisaic" tenet and notion of merit, and is very different from the sense the poor centurion had of himself. 4. he was worthy—a testimony most precious, coming from those who probably were strangers to the principle from which he acted (Ec 7:1).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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