Luke 7



1 And when He had completed* all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered into Capernaum.

2 And a certain servant of a centurion, who was dear to him, having an illness, was about to die.

3 But having heard of Jesus, he sent to Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him to come and save his servant.

4 And coming to Jesus, they implored Him earnestly, saying that he was worthy for whom He should do this,

5 for he loves our nation, and he built us a synagogue.

6 And then Jesus went with them. And when He was· already not far ·away from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Lord, trouble not Thyself, for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof.

7 Therefore neither held· I myself ·worthy to come to Thee; but say in a word, and my boy shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set·​·in·​·order under authority, having soldiers under myself, and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.

9 And Jesus, when He heard these things, marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed Him, He said, I say to you, I have not found such faith in Israel.

10 And they who were sent, returning into the house, found the sick servant well.

11 And it came·​·to·​·pass on the next day that He went into a city called Nain; and a considerable number of His disciples went·​·with Him, and a crowd of many.

12 And when He was·​·near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried·​·out, the only·​·begotten son of his mother; and she was a widow; and a considerable crowd of the city was with her.

13 And the Lord seeing her was moved·​·with·​·compassion* for her; and He said to her, Weep not.

14 And coming He touched the coffin, and they who bore him stood still; and He said, Young·​·man, I say to thee, Arise.

15 And he who was dead sat up, and began to speak; and He gave him to his mother.

16 But fear took them all, and they glorified God, saying that a great Prophet has risen·​·up among us, and that God has visited His people.

17 And this word went·​·out into the whole of Judea concerning Him, and into all the countryside.

18 And his disciples reported to John all these things.

19 And John calling a certain two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art Thou He who should come, or should we expect another?

20 And when the men had come to Him they said, John the Baptist has sent us to Thee, saying, Art Thou He who should come, or should we expect another?

21 And in that same hour He cured many of diseases and scourges and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He graciously·​·gave them to see.

22 And Jesus answering said to them, Go report to John what things you have seen and heard: that the blind receive·​·sight*, the lame walk, the lepers are·​·cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised·​·up, and the poor are brought·​·good·​·tidings;

23 and happy is he who shall not be caused·​·to·​·stumble in Me.

24 And when the messengers of John had gone·​·away, He began to say to the crowds concerning John, What did you go out into the wilderness to observe? A reed shaken by the wind?

25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they being in glorious vesture and in luxury are in kings’ palaces.

26 But what did you go·​·out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to·​·you, and more·​·than a prophet.

27 This is he about whom it is written, Behold, I send My angel before Thy face, who shall make·​·ready Thy way in·​·front·​·of Thee.*

28 For I say to·​·you, Among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

29 And all the people who heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers spurned the counsel of God in respect to themselves, not having been baptized by him.

31 And the Lord said, To what then shall I liken the men of this generation? And what are they like?

32 They are like little·​·children sitting in the market, and summoning one another, and saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have lamented to you, and you have not wept.

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, Behold a man, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35 And wisdom is justified by all her children.

36 And a certain one of the Pharisees besought Him that He would eat with him; and having entered into the house of the Pharisee, He reclined*.

37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, knowing that He sat in the Pharisee’s house, obtained an alabaster vessel of ointment;

38 and standing by His feet behind Him weeping, she began to shower His feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39 But when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said within himself, saying, This Man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what·​·manner of woman this is who touches Him, that she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering said to him, Simon, I have something to say to·​·thee; and he declares, Teacher, say on.

41 A certain lender had two debtors; the one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42 But they having nothing to pay, he graciously forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him most?

43 And Simon answering said, I assume he to whom he graciously forgave most. And He said to him, Thou hast rightly judged.

44 And turning to the woman, He declared to Simon, Seest this woman? I came into thy house; thou gavest Me no water on My feet, but she has showered My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest Me no kiss, but she, since I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.

46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint, but she has anointed My feet with ointment.

47 Therefore I say to thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven*, because she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, he loves little.

48 And He said to her, Thy sins are forgiven.

49 And they who sat·​·with Him began to say in themselves, Who is this who forgives sins also?

50 And He said to the woman, Thy faith has saved thee; go into peace.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.