Luke 7
New Heart English Bible
1After he had finished speaking in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

2A certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and at the point of death. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him Jewish elders, asking him to come and save his servant. 4When they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for you to do this for him, 5for he loves our nation, and he built our synagogue for us." 6Jesus went with them. When he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof. 7Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to you; but say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8For I also am a man placed under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go.' and he goes; and to another, 'Come.' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 9When Jesus heard these things, he was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd who followed him, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel." 10And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant in good health.

11It happened soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain. His disciples, along with a large crowd, went with him. 12And when he drew near to the gate of the city, then look, a man who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, "Do not cry." 14He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I tell you, arise." 15He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us." and, "God has visited his people." 17This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region.

18The disciples of John told him about all these things. 19John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" 20When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'" 21In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight. 22Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 23Blessed is he who is not offended by me."

24When John's messengers had departed, he began to tell the crowds about John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Look, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

27This is he of whom it is written, 'Look, I send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

28"I tell you, among those who are born of women there is none greater than John, yet he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." 29When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John's baptism. 30But the Pharisees and the Law scholars rejected the counsel of God, not being baptized by him themselves.

31"To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance. We mourned, and you did not weep.' 33For John the Baptist came 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, 'Look, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' 35Wisdom is justified by all her children."

36One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table. 37And look, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner."

40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Teacher, say on." 41"A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?" 43Simon answered, "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most." He said to him, "You have judged correctly." 44Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. 45You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." 48He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49And those who were reclining with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" 50He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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