Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: LUKE - Chapter 7


Christ heals the centurion's servant: raises the widow's son to life: answers the messengers sent by John: and absolves the penitent sinner.

1 And *when he had finished all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capharnaum.

2 And the servant of a certain centurion, who was dear to him, was sick, and ready to die.

3 And when he had heard of Jesus, he sent to him the ancients of the Jews, desiring him to come and heal his servant.

4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying to him: He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him.

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

6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent his friends to him, saying: *Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof.

7 Wherefore neither did I think myself worthy to come to thee: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers: and I say to one, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he doth it.

9 Which when Jesus heard, he marvelled: and turning about to the multitude that followed him, he said: Amen, I say to you, I have not found so great faith, even in Israel.

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

11 And it came to pass, after this, that he went into a city called Naim: and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude.

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

13 Whom when the Lord had seen, he had compassion on her, and said to her: Weep not.

14 And he came near and touched the bier. (And they that carried it, stood still.) And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise.

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

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

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

18 And John's disciples told him of all these things.

19 *And John called to him two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, saying: Art thou he who is to come: or expect we another?

20 And when the men were come to him, they said: John, the Baptist, hath sent us to thee, saying: Art thou he who is to come: or expect we another?

21 (And in that same hour, he cured many of their diseases, and sores, and evil spirits, and to many that were blind, he gave sight.)

22 And, answering, he said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen: *That the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is preached:

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

24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?

25 But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that are in costly apparel and live delicately, are in the houses of kings.

26 But what went you out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

27 *This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

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

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

30 But the Pharisees, and the lawyers, despised the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized by 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 to children sitting in the market-place, and speaking one to another, and saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept.

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

34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking, and you say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners.

35 And wisdom is justified by all her children.

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him to eat with him. And entering the house of the Pharisee, he sat down to meat.

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

38 And standing behind at his feet, she began to wash his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39 And the Pharisee, who had invited him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if he were a prophet, would know surely who and what kind of woman it is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering, said to him: Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. But he said: Master, say it.

41 A certain creditor had two debtors; the one who owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42 And, whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which, therefore, of the two loveth him most?

43 Simon answering, said: I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him: Thou hast judged rightly.

44 And turning to the woman, he said to Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with her hair.

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

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

47 Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less.

48 And he said to her: *Thy sins are forgiven thee.

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

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



1: about the year A.D. 31.; Matthew viii. 5.

6: Matthew viii. 8.

16: Luke xxiv. 19.; John iv. 19.

19: Matthew xi. 2.

22: Isaias xxxv. 5.

27: Malachias iii. 1.; Matthew xi. 10.; Mark i. 2.

31: Matthew xi. 16.

33: Matthew i. 6.

37: Matthew xxvi. 7.; Mark xiv. 3.; John xi. 2. and xii. 3.

48: Matthew ix. 2.