The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 7
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1 And when he had finished all these discourses in the audience of the people, Jesus entered into Capernaum.
2 And the servant of a centurion, who was dear to him, was very sick, and near to death.
3 And he heard of Jesus, and sent the Elders of the Jews to him, and requested of him that he would come and save the life of his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they entreated him earnestly, and said:
He is worthy that thou shouldst do this for him;
5 for he loveth our nation, and hath also built us a house of assembly.
6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent his friends to him, and said to him:
My Lord, trouble not thyself, for I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof:
7 therefore I deemed myself not worthy to approach thee myself; but speak the word only, and my young man will be healed.
8 For I also am a man subjected to authority; and I have soldiers under my command; and I say to this one, Go; and he goeth:
and to another, Come; and he cometh:
and to my servant, Do this; and he doeth [it.]
9 And when Jesus heard these things, he admired him; and he turned, and said to the throng that followed him:
I say to you, I have not found faith like this even in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returned to the house; and they found the servant that had been sick, now well.
11 And the following day, he went to a city called Nain ; and his disciples [were]] with him, and a great multitude.
12 And as he approached the gate of the city, he saw a procession bearing a dead man, the only son of his mother, and she a widow; and a great company of the people of the city were with her.
13 And Jesus looked upon her, and had compassion on her; and he said to her, Weep not.
14 And he went, and touched the bier; and they that bore him stood still. And he said:
Young man, I say to thee, Arise.
15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak:
and he delivered him to his mother.
16 And awe seized all the people; and they glorified God, and said:
A great prophet hath arisen among us, and God hath visited his people.
17 And that saying respecting him went out through all Judaea and all the surrounding region.
18 And the disciples of John told him all these things.
19 And John called two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, and said:
Art thou he that cometh, or shall we look for another?
20 And they came to Jesus, and said to him:
John the Baptizer hath sent us to thee, and saith:
Art thou he that cometh, or shall we look for another?
21 And in that hour he healed many persons of their diseases, and of plagues, and of unclean spirits, and gave sight to many blind persons.
22 And Jesus replied, and said to them: Go ye, and tell John all that ye have seen and heard; that the blind see, and the lame walk, and the leprous are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead arise, and to the poor good news is proclaimed:
23 and blessed is he that is not stumbled in me.
24 And when John’s disciples were gone, Jesus began to say to the multitude, concerning John:
What went ye into the wilderness to see ? a reed agitated by the wind?
25 Or if not; what went ye out to see ? a man clad in soft raiment ? Lo, they that use splendid garments and luxuries, are in kings’ palaces.
26 Or if not; what went ye out to see ? a prophet ? Yea, say I to you; and more than a prophet.
27 [For] this is he, of whom it is written:
Behold I send my messenger before thy face, to prepare thy way before thee.
28 I say to you, that no prophet, among those born of women, was greater than John the Baptizer:
and yet the little one in the kingdom of God, is greater than he.
29 And all the people that heard him, justified God, as they had been baptized with John’s baptism.
30 But the Pharisees and Scribes rejected the good pleasure of God, against themselves; as they were not baptized by him.
31 To what, therefore, shall I compare this generation? and to what are they like?
32 They are like children, that sit in the market-place, and call to their fellows and say:
We have piped to you, and ye did not dance; we have howled to you, and ye did not weep.
33 For John the Baptizer came, not eating bread, and not drinking wine; and ye say:
He hath a demon.
34 The Son of man came, eating and drinking; and ye say:
Behold, a gluttonous man, and a wine drinker, and one fond of publicans and sinners.
35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.
36 And one of the Pharisees came, and asked him to eat with him. And he entered the house of the Pharisee, and reclined.
37 And there was a woman in the city, who was a sinner; and when she learned that he reclined in the Pharisee’s house, she took an alabaster box of perfume,
38 and stood behind him, at his feet, and wept; and she began to bathe his feet with her tears, and to wipe them with the hair of her head; and she kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the perfume.
39 And when the Pharisee that invited him, saw it, he thought within himself, and said:
If this man were a prophet, he would know who she is, and what is her reputation; for the woman that toucheth him, is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answered, and said to him:
Simon, I have something to say to thee.
He said to him:
Say it, Rabbi.
Jesus said to him:
41 There were two debtors to a certain creditor; the one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty denarii.
42 And as they had not the means of pay, he released them both. Which of them, therefore will love him most ?
43 Simon replied, and said:
I suppose he to whom most was released.
Jesus said to him:
Thou hast judged correctly.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon:
Seest thou this woman? I entered thy house, and thou gavest [me] no water for my feet; but she hath bathed my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss; but this woman, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 Thou didst not anoint my head with perfume; but she hath anointed my feet with perfumed ointment.
47 I therefore say to thee:
Her many sins are forgiven her, for she loveth much. But he, to whom little is forgiven, loveth little.
48 And he said to the woman:
Thy sins are forgiven thee.
49 And they that were reclining, began to say in themselves:
Who is this, that even forgiveth sins?
50 And Jesus said to the woman:
Thy faith hath given thee life. Go, in peace.
Ben Sira 47
1 And after him rose up Nathan to prophesy in the time of David.
2 As is the fat taken away from the peace offering, so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.
3 He played with lions as with kids, and with bears as with lambs.
4 Slew he not a giant, when he was yet but young? and did he not take away reproach from the people, when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling, and beat down the boasting of Goliath?
5 For he called upon the most high Lord; and he gave him strength in his right hand to slay that mighty warrior, and set up the horn of his people.
6 So the people honoured him with ten thousands, and praised him in the blessings of the Lord, in that he gave him a crown of glory.
7 For he destroyed the enemies on every side, and brought to nought the Philistines his adversaries, and brake their horn in sunder unto this day.
8 In all his works he praised the Holy One most high with words of glory; with his whole heart he sung songs, and loved him that made him.
9 He set singers also before the altar, that by their voices they might make sweet melody, and daily sing praises in their songs.
10 He beautified their feasts, and set in order the solemn times until the end, that they might praise his holy name, and that the temple might sound from morning.
11 The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his horn for ever: he gave him a covenant of kings, and a throne of glory in Israel.
12 After him rose up a wise son, and for his sake he dwelt at large.
13 Solomon reigned in a peaceable time, and was honoured; for God made all quiet round about him, that he might build an house in his name, and prepare his sanctuary for ever.
14 How wise wast thou in thy youth and, as a flood, filled with understanding!
15 Thy soul covered the whole earth, and thou filledst it with dark parables.
16 Thy name went far unto the islands; and for thy peace thou wast beloved.
17 The countries marvelled at thee for thy songs, and proverbs, and parables, and interpretations.
18 By the name of the Lord God, which is called the Lord God of Israel, thou didst gather gold as tin and didst multiply silver as lead.
19 Thou didst bow thy loins unto women, and by thy body thou wast brought into subjection.
20 Thou didst stain thy honour, and pollute thy seed: so that thou broughtest wrath upon thy children, and wast grieved for thy folly.
21 So the kingdom was divided, and out of Ephraim ruled a rebellious kingdom.
22 But the Lord will never leave off his mercy, neither shall any of his works perish, neither will he abolish the posterity of his elect, and the seed of him that loveth him he will not take away: wherefore he gave a remnant unto Jacob, and out of him a root unto David.
23 Thus rested Solomon with his fathers, and of his seed he left behind him Roboam, even the foolishness of the people, and one that had no understanding, who turned away the people through his counsel. There was also Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin, and shewed Ephraim the way of sin:
24 And their sins were multiplied exceedingly, that they were driven out of the land.
25 For they sought out all wickedness, till the vengeance came upon them.
Ben Sira 47 KJVA