Luke 7
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Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Slave

1When He had completed all His [a]teaching in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum.

2Now a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some [b]Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4When they came to Jesus, they strongly urged Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5for he loves our nation, and it was he who built us our synagogue.” 6Now Jesus started on His way with them; but already, when He was not yet far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “[c]Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to enter under my roof; 7for that reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You; but just [d]say the word, and my servant [e]shall be healed. 8For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under myself; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.9Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” 10And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

11Soon afterward Jesus went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, [f]accompanied by a large crowd. 12Now as He approached the gate of the city, [g]a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her and said to her, “Do not go on weeping.” 14And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” 15And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and, “God has [h]visited His people!” 17And this report about Him spread throughout Judea and in all the surrounding region.

The Messengers from John

18The disciples of John also reported to him about all these things. 19And after summoning [i]two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or are we to [j]look for another?” 20When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, [k]to ask, ‘Are You the Coming One, or are we to [l]look for another?’” 21At that very [m]time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. 22And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: people who were blind receive sight, people who limped walk, people with leprosy are cleansed and people who were deaf hear, dead people are raised up, and people who are poor have the gospel preached to them. 23And blessed is [n]anyone who does not take offense at Me.”

24When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the [o]wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25[p]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 27This is the one about whom it is written:

‘BEHOLD, I AM SENDING MY MESSENGER [q]AHEAD OF YOU,

WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’ 28I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is [r]least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and the [s]lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by [t]John.

31“To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not weep.’ 33For John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [u]heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and [v]sinners!’ 35And yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

The Anointing in Galilee

36Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37And there was a woman in the city who was a [w]sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, and began kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a [x]sinner!”

Parable of Two Debtors

40And Jesus responded and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he [y]replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41“A moneylender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred [z]denarii, and the other, fifty. 42When they were unable to repay, he canceled the debts of both. So which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered and said, “I assume the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You [aa]gave Me no kiss; but she has not stopped kissing My feet since the time I came in. 46You did not [ab]anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48And He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49And then those who were reclining at the table with Him began saying [ac]to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”



[a] 1 Lit words
[b] 3 Lit elders of the Jews
[c] 6 Or Sir
[d] 7 Lit say with a word
[e] 7 A command in Greek
[f] 11 Lit and a
[g] 12 Lit one who had died
[h] 16 Or cared for
[i] 19 Lit a certain two
[j] 19 Or wait for
[k] 20 Lit saying
[l] 20 Or wait for
[m] 21 Lit hour
[n] 23 Lit whoever
[o] 24 I.e., desert
[p] 25 Or Well then, what
[q] 27 Lit before Your face
[r] 28 Or less
[s] 30 I.e., experts in the Mosaic Law
[t] 30 Lit him
[u] 34 Or wine drinker
[v] 34 I.e., irreligious Jews
[w] 37 I.e., an immoral woman
[x] 39 I.e., an immoral woman
[y] 40 Lit says
[z] 41 The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
[aa] 45 A customary form of greeting between rabbis
[ab] 46 A customary act of hospitality
[ac] 49 Or among

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