Trivia:

The centurion's servant
7:1-10, Cf. Mt 8:5-13, Jn 4:43-54

1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

When Jesus finished speaking, he went to Capernaum.

2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

The servant of a centurion was sick and about to die.

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.

When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some of the Jewish elders to ask him to come heal his servant. [1]

4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

So the elders asked Jesus to heal the Centurion's servant.

6 Then Jesus went with them. And 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:

Jesus went with them, but when he arrived, the centurion sent friends to say,

I'm not worthy for you to enter my house.

7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having 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.

Just say a word and my servant will be healed.

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

When Jesus heard these words, he was amazed, [2] and said,

I've never seen such great faith in Israel.

10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

When they returned to the Centurion's house, the servant was healed.

The widow's son
7:11-17

11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

The next day, Jesus and his disciples went to the city of Nain.

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

At the city gate, a dead man was being carried out, alongside his mother.

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

When Jesus saw her, he said, "Don't cry."

14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

And he said to her dead son,

Young man, stand up.

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

And the dead man stood up and began to speak. [3]

16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

Everyone was afraid and said,

A great prophet has risen up among us.

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

And rumors went out throughout Judea about him.

John the Baptist: Should we look for another?
7:18-23, Mt 11:1-19

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

The disciples of John the Baptist told him about these things.

19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

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

John sent two of them to Jesus to ask him,

Are you the one who is coming,

or should we look for another? [4]

21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

While they were asking, Jesus was curing people from plagues, evil spirits, and blindness.

22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Jesus said to them,

Go tell John what you've seen and heard.

The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are clean, the deaf hear, dead people are alive, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed are those who don't reject me.

John the Baptist is the greatest prophet
7:24-35

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

After John's disciples left, Jesus said to the people,

What did you go out into the wilderness to see?

A reed shaking in the wind?

25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

A man dressed in soft clothes?

26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

A prophet?

Yeah, but he was much more 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.

This was written about him: "I send my messenger before your face, to prepare the way for you."

28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

John the Baptist was the greatest prophet that's ever been born from a woman. [5]

(But the least in the kingdom is heaven is greater than he.)

30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling 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 Pharisees and lawyers didn't like what Jesus said about John the Baptist, since they didn't get baptized by him. [6]

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

Jesus said,

John the Baptist didn't eat bread or drink wine, so you said, "He has a devil."

34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

The Son of man comes eating and drinking, and you say, "He's a gluttonous winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!" [7]

Simon the Pharisee
7:36-50, Cf. Mt 26:6-13, Mk 14:3-9

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him.

So Jesus went to his house to eat.

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

A woman, who was a sinner, brought an expensive box of ointment.

38 And 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.

She cried and washed his feet with her tears,

wiped them with her hair,

kissed his feet and anointed them with ointment. [8]

39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

When the Pharisee saw it, he said to himself,

If this man were a prophet,

he'd know what kind of woman is touching him,

for she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

Jesus said, "Simon, I have something to say to you."

Simon said, "Okay, go ahead."

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

Jesus said,

There was a creditor who had two debtors: one owed 500 pence the other 50.

42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

When neither could pay, he forgave them both.

Which would love him the most?

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

Simon said, "The who was forgiven the most."

Jesus said, "That's right."

44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for 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 this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Jesus said to him,

See this woman?

I came to your house and you didn't wash my feet,

but she washed my feet with her tears, and then wiped them with her hair.

You didn't kiss me, but this woman hasn't stopped kissing my feet all the time I've been here.

You didn't anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

So I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, because she has loved me much.

But I'll only forgive you a little, since you your love for me was small.

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

Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

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

Those who were at the dinner said to themselves, "Who is this guy who forgives sins?"

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

Jesus said to the woman, "Go in peace."