Matthew 8:6
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New International Version
"Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly."

New Living Translation
"Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain."

English Standard Version
“Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.”

Berean Study Bible
"Lord, my servant lies at home, paralyzed and in terrible agony."

Berean Literal Bible
and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented."

New American Standard Bible
and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented."

King James Bible
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony!"

International Standard Version
"Sir, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain."

NET Bible
"Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish."

New Heart English Bible
and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “My Lord, my boy is lying in the house and is paralyzed and he is badly tormented.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The officer said, "Sir, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain."

New American Standard 1977
and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering great pain.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and saying, Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, grievously tormented.

King James 2000 Bible
And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick, a paralytic, grievously tormented.

American King James Version
And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

American Standard Version
and saying, Lord, my servant lieth in the house sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented.

Darby Bible Translation
and saying, Lord, my servant lies paralytic in the house, suffering grievously.

English Revised Version
and saying, Lord, my servant lieth in the house sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

Webster's Bible Translation
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick with the palsy, grievously tormented.

Weymouth New Testament
"Sir," he said, "my servant at home is lying ill with paralysis, and is suffering great pain."

World English Bible
and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented."

Young's Literal Translation
and saying, 'Sir, my young man hath been laid in the house a paralytic, fearfully afflicted,'
Study Bible
The Faith of the Centurion
5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came and pleaded with Him, 6“Lord, my servant lies at home, paralyzed and in terrible agony.” 7“I will go and heal him,” Jesus replied.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:24
News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

Matthew 8:7
"I will go and heal him," Jesus replied.
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(6) My servant.--The Greek word might mean either "servant" or "boy." The former meaning is the more common, and is fixed as the meaning here by St. Luke's use of the word which means strictly "slave." He is described as paralysed, but the words "grievously tormented" point to more acute suffering than is common in that form of disease, and imply either something like rheumatic fever, or tetanus, or the special kind of paralysis which benumbs the muscles only, and affects the nerves of sensation with sharp pain. A like case of paralysis with agonising pain is found in 1 Maccabees 9:55-56. The fact that this suffering touched his master's heart with pity was itself a sign of something exceptionally good in the centurion's character. It was not thus, for the most part, that the wealthy Romans dealt with their slaves when they were sick. St. Luke does not state the nature of the disease, perhaps as not having been able to satisfy himself as to its precise nature, but simply describes the slave as "ill, and at the point to die," and adds that he was "dear" (literally, precious) to his master. His narrative states further that the centurion sent the elders, "having heard of Jesus." The report had obviously been such as to lead him to look on the Teacher as endowed with a supernatural power. It may have come from the elders of the synagogue themselves; but the facts of the case make it probable that he had heard specifically of the healing of the "nobleman's son" at Capernaum recorded by St. John (John 4:46-54). There he had found a precedent which now determined his own line of action, showing that a word from those lips might be enough to heal without touch or even presence.

Verse 6. - Matthew only. And saying, Lord, my servant; Revised Version margin, "boy" (ὁ παῖς μου), just as in some English-speaking communities "boy" is commonly used for "manservant." In the parallel passage of Luke, the narrative speaks of him as δοῦλος, the message as παῖς. Lieth. Perforce (βέβληται). At home; Revised Version, in the house; i.e. of the centurion. Sick of the palsy, grievously tormented (cf. 1 Macc. 9:55, 56). "Paralysis with contraction of the joints is accompanied with intense suffering, and, when united, as it much oftener is in the hot climates of the East and of Africa than among us, with tetanus, both 'grievously torments,' and rapidly brings on dissolution" (Trench, 'Miracles,' p231: 1866). Observe that the statement of the case is itself a petition. And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home,.... It would be a difficulty whether it was a son or a servant he was so concerned for; since the word here used, more commonly signifies a "son" or "child"; but that Luke, supposing it to be the same case he relates, expressly calls him "a servant", Luke 7:2. The concern of the "centurion" for him, shows him to have been a good servant, faithful and obedient to his master; since he was so much affected with his case, and took so much care of him; and Luke says, he "was dear unto him"; in great esteem, highly valued, and much beloved: and also, that the centurion was a good master; he does not put his sick servant from him, but takes care of him at home, and seeks out for relief for him, being greatly desirous of his life. And as his keeping him at home discovered a tender regard to him; so his not bringing him forth, or ordering him to be brought out to Christ, which was sometimes done in such cases, shows his great faith in Christ, that he was as able to cure him lying at home, as if brought before him; absent, as well as present. It is in the original text, "is cast"; or, as it is rendered, Matthew 8:14 "laid in the house", as if he was dead, speechless, and without motion; and Luke says, that he was "ready to die", being as one laid out for dead. The phrase answers to a word often used by the Rabbins; sometimes of sick persons, as when they say (i) of anyone, that he is , "sick, and laid upon the bed"; and sometimes of a person really dead, and laid out: and often this phrase is to be met with, , "he that hath his dead cast", or "laid out before him" (k); concerning whom they dispute many things; as what he is free from, the reading of Shema, prayer, and the phylacteries; and where he ought to eat and drink till such time his dead is buried out of his sight. But this man's servant was not dead, but lay as one dead;

sick of the palsy, his nerves all relaxed, and he stupid, senseless, motionless,

grievously tormented, or "punished", or rather "afflicted"; as the Ethiopic version, and Munster's Hebrew edition read it; for paralytic persons do not feel much pain and torment: but the meaning is, that he was in a miserable afflicted condition. The account of his disorder is given to move Christ's compassion, and recorded to show the greatness of the miracle.

(i) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 146. 2. 147. l. Cetubot, fol. 103. 2.((k) Misn. Beracot, c. 3. sect. 1. T. Bab. Moed. Katon, fol. 23. 2. Maimon. Hilch. Ebel, c. 4. sect. 7. 8:5-13 This centurion was a heathen, a Roman soldier. Though he was a soldier, yet he was a godly man. No man's calling or place will be an excuse for unbelief and sin. See how he states his servant's case. We should concern ourselves for the souls of our children and servants, who are spiritually sick, who feel not spiritual evils, who know not that which is spiritually good; and we should bring them to Christ by faith and prayers. Observe his self-abasement. Humble souls are made more humble by Christ's gracious dealings with them. Observe his great faith. The more diffident we are of ourselves, the stronger will be our confidence in Christ. Herein the centurion owns him to have Divine power, and a full command of all the creatures and powers of nature, as a master over his servants. Such servants we all should be to God; we must go and come, according to the directions of his word and the disposals of his providence. But when the Son of man comes he finds little faith, therefore he finds little fruit. An outward profession may cause us to be called children of the kingdom; but if we rest in that, and have nothing else to show, we shall be cast out. The servant got a cure of his disease, and the master got the approval of his faith. What was said to him, is said to all, Believe, and ye shall receive; only believe. See the power of Christ, and the power of faith. The healing of our souls is at once the effect and evidence of our interest in the blood of Christ.
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