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1 When Jesus had finished saying all this, he went back to Capernaum. 1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
2 Now the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.
3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish leaders to ask him to come and heal his slave. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.
4 So they earnestly begged Jesus to come with them and help the man. "If anyone deserves your help, it is he," they said, 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,
5 "for he loves the Jews and even built a synagogue for us." 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."
6 So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, "Lord, don't trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.
7 I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 I know because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this or that,' they do it." 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, "I tell you, I haven't seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!" 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."
10 And when the officer's friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed. 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, with a great crowd following him. 11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The boy who had died was the only son of a widow, and many mourners from the village were with her. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. "Don't cry!" he said. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. "Young man," he said, "get up." 14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk to those around him! And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, "A mighty prophet has risen among us," and "We have seen the hand of God at work today." 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."
17 The report of what Jesus had done that day spread all over Judea and even out across its borders. 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
18 The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, 18 John's disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them,
19 and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?" 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
20 John's two disciples found Jesus and said to him, "John the Baptist sent us to ask, 'Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?'" 20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' "
21 At that very time, he cured many people of their various diseases, and he cast out evil spirits and restored sight to the blind. 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
22 Then he told John's disciples, "Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard -- the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
23 And tell him, 'God blesses those who are not offended by me.'" 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
24 After they left, Jesus talked to the crowd about John. "Who is this man in the wilderness that you went out to see? Did you find him weak as a reed, moved by every breath of wind? 24 After John's messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
25 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live in luxury are found in palaces, not in the wilderness. 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.
26 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say, 'Look, I am sending my messenger before you, and he will prepare your way before you.' 27 This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
28 I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the most insignificant person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!" 28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
29 When they heard this, all the people, including the unjust tax collectors, agreed that God's plan was right, for they had been baptized by John. 29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John.
30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law had rejected God's plan for them, for they had refused John's baptism. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)
31 "How shall I describe this generation?" Jesus asked. "With what will I compare them? 31 "To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?
32 They are like a group of children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, 'We played wedding songs, and you weren't happy, so we played funeral songs, but you weren't sad.' 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: " 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.'
33 For John the Baptist didn't drink wine and he often fasted, and you say, 'He's demon possessed.' 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'
34 And I, the Son of Man, feast and drink, and you say, 'He's a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!' 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." '
35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it." 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children."
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat. 36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
37 A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive perfume. 37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,
38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. 38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, "This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She's a sinner!" 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is--that she is a sinner."
40 Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you." "All right, Teacher," Simon replied, "go ahead." 40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
41 Then Jesus told him this story: "A man loaned money to two people -- five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. 41 "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?" 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"
43 Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt." "That's right," Jesus said. 43 Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said.
44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn't offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45 You didn't give me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.
46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.
47 I tell you, her sins -- and they are many -- have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
48 Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven." 48 Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49 The men at the table said among themselves, "Who does this man think he is, going around forgiving sins?" 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
50 And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." 50 Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."