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Matthew 8:5

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.

Read Matthew 8:5 Using Other Translations

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him,
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,

What does Matthew 8:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 8:5

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum
Was returned from his journey through Galilee, to the place where he before dwelt, and is called his own city, ( Matthew 9:1 )

there came unto him a centurion,
a Roman officer, (ham rv) , "a commander of an hundred men", as the Hebrew Gospel by Munster reads it: though the number of men under a "centurion" was more, according to some accounts.

``A band (it is said F7) made two centuries, each of which consisted of an hundred and twenty eight soldiers; for a doubled century made a band, whose governor was called an ordinary "centurion".''

Such an one was Cornelius, a centurion of a band, ( Acts 10:1 ) . The other person that was healed was a Jew. The next instance of Christ's power and goodness is the servant of a Gentile; he came to do good both to Jews and Gentiles;

beseeching him,
not in person, but by his messengers; see ( Luke 7:3 ) and the Jews F8 say, (wtwmk Mda lv wxwlvv) , "that a man's messenger is as himself".


F7 Alex. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 6. c. 13.
F8 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 34. 2.
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