The Gospel According to Luke. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[ 1] A FTER he had ended all his sayings in the ears of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
[ 2] And a certain centurions servant, 1 who was dear 2 unto him, was sick and at the point of death.
[ 3] And when he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews, asking him that he would come and save his servant. 3
[ 4] And they, when they came to Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him;
[ 5] for he loveth our nation, and himself built us our synagogue.
[ 6] And 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 4 that thou shouldest come under my roof:
[ 7] wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say the 5 word, and my servant 6 shall be healed.
[ 8] For I also am a man set under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, 7 Do this, and he doeth it.
[ 9] And when Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned and said unto the multitude that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
[ 10] And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant 8 whole.
[ 11] And it came to pass soon 9 afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great multitude.
[ 12] Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, there was carried out one that was dead, the only son of his mother, and she 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 came nigh and touched the bier: and the bearers stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
[ 15] And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
[ 16] And fear took hold on all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is arisen among us: and, God hath visited his people.
[ 17] And this report went forth concerning him in the whole of Judæa, and all the region round about.
[ 18] And the disciples of John told him of all these things.
[ 19] And John calling unto him two 10 of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?
[ 20] And when the men were come unto him, they said, John the Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?
[ 21] In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues 11 and evil spirits; and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.
[ 22] And he answered and said unto them, Go and tell John the things which ye have seen and heard; the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good 12 tidings preached to them.
[ 23] And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no occasion of stumbling in me.
[ 24] And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?
[ 25] But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings courts.
[ 26] But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
[ 27] This is he of whom it is written,
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way before thee.
[ 28] I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there is none greater than John: yet he that is but 13 little in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
[ 29] And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, 14 justified God, being 15 baptized with the baptism of John.
[ 30] But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God, being 16 not baptized of him.
[ 31] Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like?
[ 32] They are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to another; who say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not weep.
[ 33] For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a demon.
[ 34] The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans 17 and sinners!
[ 35] And wisdom is 18 justified of all her children.
[ 36] And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisees house, and sat 19 down to meat.
[ 37] And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting 20 at meat in the Pharisees house, she brought an 21 alabaster cruse of ointment,
[ 38] and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed 22 his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
[ 39] Now when the Pharisee that had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a 23 prophet, would have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him, that she is a sinner.
[ 40] And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Teacher, say on.
[ 41] A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, 24 and the other fifty.
[ 42] When they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?
[ 43] Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
[ 44] And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair.
[ 45] Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss 25 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, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
[ 48] And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
[ 49] And they that sat 26 at meat with him began to say within 27 themselves, Who is this that even forgiveth sins?
[ 50] And he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Gr. Note 1. bondservant. [ back]
Or, Note 2. precious to him.Or, honorable with him. [ back]
Gr. Note 3. bondservant. [ back]
Gr. Note 4. sufficient. [ back]
Gr. Note 5. with a word. [ back]
Or, Note 6. boy. [ back]
Gr. Note 7. bondservant. [ back]
Many ancient authorities read Note 8. on the next day. [ back]
Gr. Note 9. certain two. [ back]
Gr. Note 10. certain two. [ back]
Gr. Note 11. scourges. [ back]
Or, Note 12. the gospel. [ back]
Gr. Note 13. lesser. [ back]
See marginal note on ch. 3. 12. [ Note 14. back]
Or, Note 15. having been. [ back]
Or, Note 16. not having been. [ back]
See marginal note on ch. 3. 12. [ Note 17. back]
Or, Note 18. was. [ back]
Or, Note 19. reclined at table. [ back]
Or, Note 20. reclining at table. [ back]
Or, Note 21. a flask. [ back]
Gr. Note 22. kissed much. [ back]
Some ancient authorities read Note 23. the prophet. See Jn. 1. 21, 25. [ back]
The word in the Greek denotes a coin worth about eight pence half-penny, or nearly seventeen cents. [ Note 24. back]
Gr. Note 25. kiss much. [ back]
Gr. Note 26. reclined. [ back]
Or, Note 27. among. [ back]