7:1 After he had finished speaking in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
7:2 A certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and at the point of death.
7:3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and save his servant.
7:4 When they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for you to do this for him,
7:5 for he loves our nation, and he built our synagogue for us."
7:6 Jesus went with them. When he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.
7:7 Therefore I didn't even think myself worthy to come to you; but say the word, and my servant will be healed.
7:8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go!' and he goes; and to another, 'Come!' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel."
7:10 Those who were sent, returning to the house, found that the servant who had been sick was well.
7:11 It happened soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him.
7:12 Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her.
7:13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, "Don't cry."
7:14 He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!"
7:15 He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
7:16 Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited his people!"
7:17 This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region.
7:18 The disciples of John told him about all these things.
7:19 John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?"
7:20 When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?'"
7:21 In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight.
7:22 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
7:23 Blessed is he who is not offended by me."
7:24 When John's messengers had departed, he began to tell the multitudes about John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
7:25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
7:26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
7:27 This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'
7:28 "For I tell you, among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptizer, yet he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he."
7:29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John's baptism.
7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the counsel of God, not being baptized by him themselves.
7:31 "To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like?
7:32 They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We piped to you, and you didn't dance. We mourned, and you didn't weep.'
7:33 For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'
7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
7:35 Wisdom is justified by all her children."
7:36 One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table.
7:37 Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment.
7:38 Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner."
7:40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Teacher, say on."
7:41 "A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
7:42 When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?"
7:43 Simon answered, "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most." He said to him, "You have judged correctly."
7:44 Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head.
7:45 You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet.
7:46 You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
7:48 He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
7:49 Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
7:50 He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
2 Thessalonians 1
1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ:
1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you towards one another abounds;
1:4 so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure.
1:5 This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.
1:6 Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you,
1:7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
1:8 giving vengeance to those who don't know God, and to those who don't obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus,
1:9 who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
1:10 when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired among all those who have believed (because our testimony to you was believed) in that day.
1:11 To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith, with power;
1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2
2:1 Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you
2:2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come.
2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,
2:4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
2:5 Don't you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things?
2:6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.
2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.
2:8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;
2:9 even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2:10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2:11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie;
2:12 that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2:13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth;
2:14 to which he called you through our Good News, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:15 So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word, or by letter.
2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
2:17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.