A Penitent Woman Anoints Jesus
Interwoven Gospels

Now one of the Pharisees requested Jesus to eat with him. And having entered into the house of the Pharisee, He reclined at table. And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; learning that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and wiped them off with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet affectionately and anointed them with the ointment.

Now the Pharisee who had invited Him, seeing it, thought to himself, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what sort of woman this is that toucheth Him, for she is a sinner."

And Jesus knowing Simon's thoughts, said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to thee." Then he saith, "Teacher, say on."

Then Jesus said, "A certain moneylender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred shillings and the other fifty. But they having nothing to pay with, he forgave them both. Which of them, therefore, will love him the more?"

Simon, answering, said, "I suppose, he to whom he forgave the more." Then Jesus said to him, "Thou hast judged rightly." And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, "Seest thou this woman? When I entered into thy house; thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Thou gavest Me no kiss of greeting, but she, from the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss affectionately My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she hath anointed My feet with ointment. For this reason, I say to thee, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven; because she loved much: but he, to whom little is forgiven, loveth little."

Then said He to her, "Thy sins have been forgiven." And those reclining with Him began to say among themselves, "Who is this that forgiveth sins?" But He said to the woman, "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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