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Luke 7


 1 When (*) (1) he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.


(*) Matthew 8:5 .

(1) Christ admonisheth the Jews, by setting before them the example of the Centurion, that for their obstinacy and rebellion, he will go to the Gentiles.


 2 And a certain (*) Centurion’s servant was sick and ready to die, which was dear unto him.


(*) It might be that this did lie with his garrison in Capernaum.


 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the Elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come, and heal his servant.


 4 So they came to Jesus, and besought him instantly, saying that he was worthy that he should do this for him;


 5 For he loveth, said they, our nation, and he hath built us a (*) Synagogue.


(*) In building them a Temple for their assemblies, he shewed his zeal towards the true service of God.


 6 Then Jesus went with them; but when he was now not far from the house, the Centurion sent friends to him, (*) saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself, for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof;


(*) The friends speak to Jesus in the captain’s name.


 7 Wherefore I thought not myself worthy to come unto thee, but (*) say the word, and my servant shall be whole;


(*) Or, command by a word only that it so be.


 8 For I likewise am a man set under authority, and have under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.


 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him, and said to the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so (*) great faith, no not in Israel.


(*) He commendeth this heathen captain because he assureth himself upon Christ’s world alone.


 10 And when they that were sent, turned back to the house, they found the servant that was sick, whole.


 11  (2) And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called (a) (*) Nain, and many of his disciples went with him, and a great multitude.


(2) Christ avoucheth openly his power over death.
(a) Nain is the name of a town in Galilee, which was situate on the other side of the Kishon, which falleth into the sea of Galilee.

(*) Which was a town of Galilee in the tribe of Issachar not far from Tiberius.


 12 Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, who was the only begotten son of his mother, which was a widow, and much people of the city was with her.


 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.


 14 And he went and touched the (*) coffin (and they that bare him, stood still) and he said, (♣) Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.


(*) Or, bier.

(♣) Christ calleth those things that are not, as if they were, and giveth life to them that be dead.


 15 And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak, and he delivered him to his mother.


 16 Then there came a fear on them all, and they glorified God, saying, A great Prophet is risen among us, and God hath (*) visited his people.


(*) That is, to establish and restore them.


 17 And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.


 18  (3) And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.


(3) John sendeth from the prison his unbelieving disciples, to Christ himself, to be confirmed.


 19 So John called unto him two certain men of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou (*) he that should come, or shall we wait for another?


(*) To wit, the Messiah and redeemer.


 20 And when the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come, or shall we wait for another?


 21 And (b) at that time, he cured many of their sicknesses, and plagues, and of evil spirits, and unto many blind men he gave sight.


(b) When John's disciples came to Christ.


 22 And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Go your ways and shew John, (*) what things ye have seen and heard, that the blind see, the halt go, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the (♣) (♠) poor receive the Gospel.


(*) He declareth by the virtues and power that were in him that he was the Christ.

(♣) Such as feel their own misery and wretchedness.

(♠) Or, the Gospel is preached to the poor.


 23 And blessed is he, that shall not be (*) offended in me.


(*) That shall preserve and not shrink back for anything that can come unto them.


 24  (4) And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people, of John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A (*) reed shaken with the wind?


(4) That which the Prophets shewed long before, John sheweth at hand; and Christ himself doth present it daily unto us, in the Gospel, but for the most part in vain, for that many seek nothing else, but foolish toys and vain glory.

(*) Matthew 11:7 .


 25 But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in Kings’ courts.


 26 But what went ye forth to see? A Prophet? Yea, I say to you, and greater than a Prophet.


 27 This is he of whom it is written, (*) Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.


(*) Matthew 3:1 .


 28 For I say unto you, there is no greater Prophet than John, among them that are (*) begotten of women; nevertheless, he that is the least in the kingdom of God, is greater than he.


(*) Or, born.


 29 Then all the people that heard, and the Publicans (c) (*) justified God, being baptized with the (♣) baptism of John.


(c) Said that he was just, good, faithful and merciful.

(*) They praised him as just, faithful, good and merciful, so that the fruit of their baptism appeared in them.

(♣) This word comprehendeth the whole doctrine that John taught.


  30 But the Pharisees and the expounders of the Law despised the counsel of God (d) (*) against themselves, and were not baptized of him.


(d) To their own hurt.

(*) Meaning to their own condemnation or as some read, with themselves because they durst not openly speak against John’s doctrine, for they feared the people, Matthew 21:46 .


 31  (*) (5) And the Lord said, Whereunto shall I liken the men of this generation? And what thing are they like unto?


(*) Matthew 11:16 .

(5) What way so ever God followeth in offering us the Gospel, the most part of men procure offences unto themselves; yet notwithstanding some Church is gathered together.


 32 They are like unto little children sitting in the marketplace, and crying one to another, and saying, (*) We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.


(*) The songs of little children are sufficient to condemn the Pharisees and such like.


 33 For John Baptist came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and ye say, He hath the devil.


 34 The Son of man is come, and (*) eateth and drinketh, and ye say, Behold, a man which is a glutton, and a drinker of wine, a friend of Publicans and sinners;


(*) Liveth according to the fashion of other men.


 35 But wisdom is (*) justified of all her children.


(*) He sheweth that the wicked, although they turn from God, shall nothing hinder the elect to continue in the faith of the Gospel.


 36  ¶ (6) And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down at table.


(6) Proud men deprive themselves of the benefits of the presence of Christ, even then when he is at home with them in their houses, which the humble and base do enjoy.


 37 And behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought a box of ointment.


 38  (*) And she stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.


(*) Mark 15:40; John 20:11 .


 39  (7) Now when the Pharisee which bade him, saw it, he spake within himself, saying, If this man were a Prophet, he would surely have known who, and what manner of woman this is which toucheth him, (e) for she is a sinner.


(7) Rashness is the fellow of pride.
(e) The Pharisee respecteth the Law, which holdeth them defiled, that touch the defiled.


 40  (8) And Jesus answered, and said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he said, Master, say on.


(8) To love Christ, is a sure and perpetual witness of the remission of sins.


 41 There was a certain lender which had two debtors: the one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty;


 42 When they had nothing to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore, tell me, will love him most?


 43 Simon answered, and said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast truly judged.


 44 Then he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, and thou gavest me no water to my feet, but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.


 45 Thou gavest me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.


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


 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, many sins are forgiven her, (f) for she (*) loved much. To whom a little is forgiven, he doeth love a little.


(f) That is, saith Theophylact, she hath sheweth her faith abundantly; and Basil in his Sermon of Baptism saith, He that oweth much, hath much forgiven him, that he may love much more; And therefore Christ's saying is so plain by the similitude, that it is a wonder to see the enemies of the truth draw and rack this place so fondly to establish their meritorious works; for the greater sum a man hath forgiven him, the more he loveth him that hath been so gracious to him; And this woman sheweth by duties of love, how great the benefit was she had received; and therefore the charity that is here spoken of, is not to be taken for the cause, but as a sign; for Christ saith not as the Pharisees did, that she was a sinner, but beareth her witness that the sins of her life past are forgiven her.

(*) This great love is a sign that she felt herself much bound unto Christ, who had forgiven her so many sins.


 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven thee.


 49 And they that sat at table with him, began to say within themselves, Who is this that even forgiveth sins?


 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; (g) go in (*) peace.


(g) He confirmeth the benefit which he had bestowed with a blessing.

(*) The peace of conscience cometh only of faith.




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