Luke 7-8

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant 1After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him,5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;7therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain 11Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town.13When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”14Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”15The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.16Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!”17This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.Messengers from John the Baptist 18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”20When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ ”21Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.22And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.23And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”24When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?25What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.26What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.27This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’28I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”29(And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John's baptism.30But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves.)31“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’33For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon’;34the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’35Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”A Sinful Woman Forgiven 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table.37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.38She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.”40Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.”41“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.42When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?”43Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”44Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet.46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.47Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”48Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”49But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”50And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”Chapter 8Some Women Accompany Jesus 1Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,2as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,3and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.The Parable of the Sower 4When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:5“A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.6Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture.7Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.8Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”The Purpose of the Parables 9Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant.10He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’The Parable of the Sower Explained 11“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.13The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away.14As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.15But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.A Lamp under a Jar 16“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”The True Kindred of Jesus 19Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.20And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”21But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Jesus Calms a Storm 22One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out,23and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger.24They went to him and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.25He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac 26Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs.28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”—29for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.)30Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him.31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.32Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission.33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country.35Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed.37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying,39“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed 40Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.41Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus' feet and begged him to come to his house,42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. As he went, the crowds pressed in on him.43Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her.44She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.45Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.”46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.”47When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.48He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”49While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader's house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.”50When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.”51When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child's father and mother.52They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.”53And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.54But he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!”55Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat.56Her parents were astounded; but he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.