7 1AFTER JESUS had finished all that He had to say in the hearing of the people [on the mountain], He entered Capernaum. 2Now a centurion had a bond servant who was held in honor and highly valued by him, who was sick and at the point of death. 3And when the centurion heard of Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and make his bond servant well. 4And when they reached Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that You should do this for him, 5For he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense]. 6And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], for I am not [O]sufficiently worthy to have You come under my roof; 7Neither did I consider myself worthy to come to You. But [just] speak a word, and my servant boy will be healed. 8For I also am a man [daily] subject to authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my bond servant, Do this, and he does it. 9Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and He turned and said to the crowd that followed Him, I tell you, not even in [all] Israel have I found such great faith [as this]. 10And when the messengers who had been sent returned to the house, they found the bond servant [P]who had been ill quite well again. 11[Q]Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and His disciples and a great throng accompanied Him. 12[Just] as He drew near the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large gathering from the town was accompanying her. 13And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, Do not weep. 14And He went forward and touched the funeral bier, and the pallbearers stood still. And He said, Young man, I say to you, arise [[R]from death]! 15And the man [who was] dead sat up and began to speak. And [Jesus] gave him [back] to his mother. 16Profound and reverent fear seized them all, and they began [S]to recognize God and praise and give thanks, saying, A great [T]Prophet has appeared among us! And God has visited His people [in order to help and care for and provide for them]! 17And this report concerning [Jesus] spread through the whole of Judea and all the country round about. [I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:32-37.] 18And John’s disciples brought him [who was now in prison] word of all these things. 19And John summoned to him a certain two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord, saying, Are You He Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another? 20So the men came to Jesus and said, John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, Are You the One Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another? 21In that very hour Jesus was healing many [people] of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave [[U]a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of] sight. 22So He replied to them, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news (the Gospel) preached to them. 23And blessed (happy--[V]with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from outward conditions--and [W]to be envied) is he who takes no offense in Me and who is not hurt or resentful or annoyed or repelled or made to stumble [[X]whatever may occur]. 24And the messengers of John having departed, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: What did you go out into the desert to gaze on? A reed shaken and swayed by the wind? 25Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed up in soft garments? Behold, those who wear fine apparel and live in luxury are in the courts or palaces of kings. 26What then did you go out to see? A prophet (a forthteller)? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. 27This is the one of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who shall make ready Your way before You. 28I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; but [Y]he that is inferior [to the other citizens] in the kingdom of God is greater [in incomparable privilege] than he. 29And all the people who heard Him, even the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God [in [Z]calling them to repentance and in pronouncing future wrath on the impenitent], being baptized with the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and the lawyers [of the Mosaic Law] annulled and rejected and brought to nothing God’s purpose concerning themselves, by [refusing and] not being baptized by him [John]. 31So to what shall I compare the men of this generation? And what are they like? 32They are like little children sitting in the marketplace, calling to one another and saying, We piped to you [playing wedding], and you did not dance; we sang dirges and wailed [playing funeral], 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 Man Who is a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and notorious sinners. 35Yet wisdom is vindicated ([A]shown to be true and divine) by all her children [[B]by their life, character, and deeds]. 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to dine with him, and He went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37And behold, a woman of the town who was [C]an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (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 kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume). 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him--for she is a notorious sinner (a social outcast, devoted to sin). 40And Jesus, replying, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he answered, Teacher, say it. 41A certain lender of money [at interest] had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they had no means of paying, he freely forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more? 43Simon answered, The one, I take it, for whom he forgave and cancelled more. And Jesus said to him, You have decided correctly. 44Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? When I came into 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 gave Me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased [[D]intermittently] to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly. 46You did not anoint My head with [E][cheap, ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [F][costly, rare] perfume. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her--because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little. 48And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven! 49Then those who were at table with Him began to say among themselves, Who is this Who even forgives sins? 50But Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go (enter) [G]into peace [[H]in freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin].
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