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Chapter 7

1When he had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he went to Capernaum.

2A Roman captain had a slave whom he thought a great deal of, and the slave was sick and at the point of death. 3When the captain heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, to ask him to come and save his slave’s life. 4And they went to Jesus and urged him strongly to do it, and said,

“He deserves to have you do this for him, 5for he loves our nation, and it was he who built us our synagogue.”

6So Jesus went with them. But when he was not far from the house, the captain sent some friends to him, to say to him,

“Master, do not take any more trouble, for I am not a suitable person to have you under my roof. 7That is why I did not think I was fit to come to you. But simply say the word, and have my servant cured. 8For I am myself under the orders of others, and I have soldiers under me, and I tell one to go, and he goes, and another to come, and he comes, and my slave to do something, and he does it.”

9When Jesus heard this, he was astonished at him, and turning to the crowd that was following him, he said,

“I tell you, I have not found such faith as this even in Israel!”

10And when the messengers went back to the house, they found the slave well.

11Soon afterward he happened to go to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great throng of people were with him. 12As he came up to the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out; he was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow. A crowd of the townspeople was with her. 13And when the Master saw her, he pitied her, and said to her,

“Do not weep.”

14And he went up and touched the bier, and the bearers stopped. And he said,

“Young man, I tell you, wake up!”

15And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and he gave him back to his mother. 16And they were all overcome with awe, and they praised God, and said,

“A great prophet has appeared among us!” and “God has not forgotten his people!”

17This story about him spread all over Judea and the surrounding country.

18John’s disciples told him of all this, 19and he called two of them to him, and sent them to the Master to ask him,

“Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for someone else?”

20And the men went to him and said,

“John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for someone else?’ ”

21Just then he cured many of diseases and ailments and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many who were blind. 22And he answered them,

“Go and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind are regaining their sight, the lame can walk, the lepers are being cured and the deaf can hear, the dead are being raised and good news is being preached to the poor. 23And blessed is the man who finds nothing that repels him in me.”

24When John’s messengers were gone, he began to speak to the crowds about John.

“What was it that you went out into the desert to look at? A reed swaying in the wind? 25Then what did you go out there to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Men who wear fine clothes and live in luxury you find in palaces. 26Then what did you go out there to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet! 27This is the man of whom the Scripture says,

“ ‘Here I send my messenger on before you,

He will prepare the road ahead of you!’

28“I tell you, among men born of women there is none greater than John; and yet those who are of little importance in the Kingdom of God are greater than he. 29And all the people, even the tax-collectors, when they heard him, acknowledged the justice of God’s demands, by accepting baptism from John, 30but the Pharisees and experts in the Law thwarted God’s purpose for themselves, by refusing to be baptized by him. 31So what is there to which I can compare the men of this age? What are they like? 32They are like children sitting about in the bazaar and calling out to one another,

“ ‘We have played the flute for you, and you would not dance!

We have wailed and you would not weep!’

33“For when John the Baptist came, he did not eat any bread or drink any wine, and you said, ‘He has a demon!’ 34Now that the Son of Man has come, he does eat and drink, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drinker, the companion of tax-collectors and irreligious people!’ 35So wisdom is vindicated by all who are really wise.”

36One of the Pharisees asked him to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37Now there was a woman in the town who was leading a sinful life, and when she learned that he was having dinner at the Pharisee’s house, she got an alabaster flask of perfume, 38and came and stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with her hair, and kissed them, and put the perfume on them. 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself,

“If this man were really a prophet, he would know who and what the woman is who is touching him, for she leads a wicked life.”

40Jesus answered him, and said to him,

“Simon, there is something I want to say to you.”

He said,

“Proceed, Master.”

41“Two men were in debt to a money-lender. One owed him a hundred dollars and the other ten. 42As they could not pay him, he canceled what they owed him. Now which of them will be more attached to him?”

43Simon answered,

“The one, I suppose, for whom he canceled most.”

“You are right,” he said. 44And turning to the woman, he said to Simon,

“Do you see this woman? I came to your house; you did not give me any water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but from the moment I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put any oil upon my head, but she has put perfume upon my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her sins, many as they are, are forgiven, for she has loved me so much. But the man with little to be forgiven loves me but little.”

48And he said to her,

“Your sins are forgiven!”

49The men at table with him began to say to themselves,

“Who is this man, who even forgives sins?”

50But he said to the woman,

“It is your faith that has saved you. Go in peace.”

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