but the P'rushim and the Torah-teachers, by not letting themselves be immersed by him, nullified for themselves God's plan.
"Therefore," said the Lord, "how can I describe the people of this generation? What are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplaces, calling to one another, `We made happy music, but you wouldn't dance! We made sad music, but you wouldn't cry!'
For Yochanan has come not eating bread and not drinking wine; and you say, `He has a demon!'
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking; and you say, `Aha! A glutton and a drunkard! A friend of tax-collectors and sinners!'
Well, the proof of wisdom is in all the kinds of people it produces."
One of the P'rushim invited Yeshua to eat with him, and he went into the home of the Parush and took his place at the table.
A woman who lived in that town, a sinner, who was aware that he was eating in the home of the Parush, brought an alabaster box of very expensive perfume,
stood behind Yeshua at his feet and wept until her tears began to wet his feet. Then she wiped his feet with her own hair, kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them.
When the Parush who had invited him saw what was going on, he said to himself, "If this man were really a prophet, he would have known who is touching him and what sort of woman she is, that she is a sinner."
Yeshua answered, "Shim`on, I have something to say to you." "Say it, Rabbi," he replied.
"A certain creditor had two debtors; the one owed ten times as much as the other.
When they were unable to pay him back, he canceled both their debts. Now which of them will love him more?"
Shim`on answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt." "Your judgment is right," Yeshua said to him.
Then, turning to the woman, he said to Shim`on, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house -- you didn't give me water for my feet, but this woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair!
You didn't give me a kiss; but from the time I arrived, this woman has not stopped kissing my feet!
You didn't put oil on my head, but this woman poured perfume on my feet!
Because of this, I tell you that her sins -- which are many! -- have been forgiven, because she loved much. But someone who has been forgiven only a little loves only a little."
Then he said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."
At this, those eating with him began saying among themselves, "Who is this fellow that presumes to forgive sins?"
But he said to the woman, "Your trust has saved you; go in peace."