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The Trust of the Centurion

1After he had ended all his sayings in the ears of the people, he entered Capernaum.
  2Now a certain centurion’s servant, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and at the point of death.
  3Now when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and cure his servant.
  4And they, having come to Jesus, entreated him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy that you should do this for him,
  5for he loves our nation, and he built the synagogue for us.”
  6And Jesus went with them. Now when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.
  7That is why I did not consider myself worthy to come to you, but say the word, and my boy will be healed.
  8For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me, 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.”
  9And when Jesus heard these things, he was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd who followed him, “I say to you, I have not found such great trust, no, not in Israel.”
  10And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant in good health.

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

11And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain. And his disciples were going along with him, and a large crowd.
  12Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, Look! One who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her.
  13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not cry.”
  14And he went near and touched the bier, and those carrying it stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, get up.”
  15And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
  16And fear seized them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” And, “God has visited his people!”
  17And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

Jesus and John the Baptist

18And the disciples of John told him of all these things.
  19And John having called near a certain two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the Coming One, or should we expect someone else?”
  20And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the Coming One, or should we expect someone else?’”
  21In that hour he cured many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and he freely gave sight to many who were blind.
  22And he answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things that you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, people with skin diseasesa are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them.
  23And blessed is the one who finds no reason to fall away because of me.”

24And when the messengers of John had departed, he began to speak to the crowd about John, “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed being shaken by the wind?
  25But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Look! Those who are gloriously clothed and live in luxury are in kings’ courts.
  26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and much more than a prophet.
  27This is he about whom it is written, Look! I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare the road ahead of you.b
  28I say to you, among those who are born of women there is none greater than John, yet the least important person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29(And all the people when they heard, even the tax collectors, declared God righteous, because they had been baptized with the baptism of John.
  30But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not being baptized by him).

31“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and to what are they like?
  32They are like children in the marketplace, sitting and calling out to one another, saying, ‘We played the flute for you but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not cry.’
  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, ‘See! A gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
  35Yet wisdom is declared righteous by all her children.”

Jesus Forgives a Sinful Woman

36Now one of the Pharisees was asking him to eat with him. And having gone into the Pharisee’s house, he reclined to eat.
  37And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner—and when she knew that he was reclining to eat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of perfume,
  38and standing behind him at his feet, crying, she began to wet his feet with her tears. And she kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing his feet, and anointing them with the perfume.

39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke within himself, saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.”
  40And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he said, “Say it, teacher.”
  41“Two men were debtors to a certain lender. One owed 500 denarii, and the other fifty.c
  42When they did not have the means to pay, he freely forgave them both. Therefore, which of them will love him more?”
  43Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave the most.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
  44And turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house, yet 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, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet.
  46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfume.
  47For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”
  48And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
  49And those who were reclining and eating with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
  50And he said to the woman, “Your trust has saved you. Go in peace.”

Traditionally “lepers,” but the Greek lepros can refer to many skin diseases.
From Mal. 3:1
A denarius coin was worth about a day’s wage for a laborer.

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