Why neither thought I myself worthy to come to you: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy.—The humility of the centurion appears in a yet stronger light than in St. Matthew’s report. Far from expecting the Prophet to come under his roof, he had not dared even to approach Him.
built, &c.—His love took this practical and appropriate form.See Poole on "Luke 7:1" Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 7:7. εἰπὲ λόγῳ, speak, i.e., command, with a word.7. say in a word] The centurion had clearly heard how Jesus, by His mere fiat, had healed the son of the ‘courtier’ at Capernaum (John 4:46-54). The attempt to make these two miracles identical is to the last degree arbitrary and untenable.
my servant] The centurion here uses the more tender word, pais, ‘son.
shall be healed] Perhaps the better reading is let him be healed. The faith of the centurion was “an invisible highway for the saving eagles of the great Imperator.” Lange.Luke 7:7. Εἰπὲ λόγῳ) say (command) in a word.Verse 7. - But say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. The Gentile soldier's faith was really great. He had risen above the need of an outward sign, such as a touch or even the sound of a living voice. He needed no contact with the fringe of the Master's garment, asked for no handkerchief or apron that had touched his person (Acts 19:12). The word the Master would speak would be enough; the result he willed would assuredly follow. "Do not come hither where my servant is, but only speak here where thou art." The centurion had a just notion of Christ's power. And our Lord greatly commended him, whereas Martha, who said, "I know whatsoever thou shalt ask of God he will give it thee" (John 11:22) was reproved as having spoken amiss; and Christ thus teaches that he is the Source of blessings, which he could not be unless he were God (compare Bishop Wordsworth, in part quoting from St. Chrysostom).
Lit., "say with a word."
My servant shall be healed (ἰαθήτω ὁ παῖς μοῦ)
It is strange that the Rev. should have omitted to note the imperative mood here, at least in the margin. The literal rendering is the more graphic: Let my servant be healed. Note the professional word for heal. See on Luke 6:19.
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