Luke 7

The Faith of the Centurion

1 When [Jesus] had concluded His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. 2 [There] a highly valued servant of a centurion was sick [and] about to die. 3 When [the centurion] heard about Jesus, he sent [some] Jewish elders to ask Him to come [and] heal his servant. 4 They came to Jesus [and] pleaded with Him earnestly, “ [This man] is worthy to have You grant this, 5 for he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends with the message: “Lord, {do} not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not consider myself worthy to come to You. But [just] say [the] word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I [myself] am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell [one] to go, and he goes; and another to come, and he comes. [I tell] my servant to do [something] , and he does [it] .” 9 [When] [Jesus] heard [this] , [He] marveled at [the centurion] . Turning to the crowd following Him, He said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith!” 10 And [when] the messengers returned to the house, they found the servant in good health.

Jesus Raises a Widow's Son

11 Soon afterward, [Jesus] went to a town called Nain. His disciples went with Him, accompanied by a large crowd. 12 As He approached the town gate, He saw a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a sizeable crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “ {Do} not weep.” 14 Then He went up [and] touched the coffin,
Literal bier, probably a wooden plank or open coffin
and those carrying it stood still. “Young man,” He said, “I tell you, get up!”
15 And the dead [man] sat up and began to speak! Then [Jesus] gave him {back} to his mother. 16 A sense of awe swept over all [of them] , and they glorified God. “A great prophet has appeared among us!” they said. “ - God has visited His people!” 17 And [the] news about [Jesus] spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding region.

John's Inquiry

18 Then [John’s] disciples informed [him] about all these things. 19 So John called two of his disciples [and] sent [them] to ask the Lord, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” 20 [When] the men came to [Jesus] , they said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?’” 21 At that very hour [Jesus] healed many [people] of [their] diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits, and He gave sight to many [who were] blind. 22 So He replied, “Go [back] [and] report to John what you have seen and heard: [The] blind receive sight, [the] lame walk, [the] lepers
Leprosy was a term used for various skin diseases. See Leviticus 13.
are cleansed, [the] deaf hear, [the] dead are raised, [and the] good news is preached [to the] poor.
23 Blessed is the [one who] does not fall away on account of Me.”

Jesus Testifies about John

24 After John’s messengers had left, [Jesus] began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in [the] wind? 25 Otherwise, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who [wear] elegant clothing and live in luxury are found in palaces. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.’
Malachi 3:1
28 I tell you, among [those] born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 All the people [who] heard [this] , even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice. [For] they had received the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, [because] {they had} not been baptized by [John] . 31 “To what, then, can I compare the men of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in [the] marketplace and calling out to one another: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look [at this] glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus

36 Then one of the Pharisees invited [Jesus] to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house [and] reclined at the table. 37 When a sinful woman from [that] town learned that [Jesus] was dining [there] , she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 [As] she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears and wipe [them] with her hair. Then she kissed His feet and anointed [them] with the perfume. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited [Jesus] saw [this] , he said to himself, “If this [man] were a prophet, He would know who [this is] and what kind of woman is touching Him— for she is a sinner!” 40 But Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell [me] , Teacher,” he said. 41 “Two [men] were debtors to a certain moneylender. One owed [him] five hundred denarii,
A denarius was customarily a day's wage for a laborer (see Matthew 20:2)
and the other fifty.
42 [When] they were unable to repay [him] , he forgave both [of them] . Which [one] , then, will love him more?” 43 “I suppose the [one who] was forgiven more,” Simon replied. “You have judged correctly.” [Jesus] said. 44 And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? [When] I entered your house, you did not give [Me] water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped [them] with her hair. 45 You did not greet Me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing My feet since I arrived. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfume. 47 Therefore I tell you, because her many sins have been forgiven, she has loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then [Jesus] said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 But those at the table began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 And [Jesus] told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
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