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He entered Capernaum.
A certain centurion's servant, who was valued by him,
being ill was about to die.
Having heard about Jesus he sent to him Jewish elders,
asking him to come so that he might save his servant.

Coming to Jesus they pleaded with him urgently,
saying, "He is worthy for whom you should grant this;
for he loves our nation,
and he built the synagogue for us."
Jesus went with them.

While he was not far from the house,
the centurion approached and pleaded with him,
"Lord, my boy has been laid up in the house paralyzed,
suffering terribly."

He said to him, "I will go heal him."

But the centurion answered, "Lord,
I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof;
but only say the word, and my boy will be cured.
For I am a person appointed under authority,
having soldiers under me,
and I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes,
and to another, 'Come,' and he comes,
and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does."

Having heard this, Jesus marveled
and turning to those following he said,
"I tell you, from no one in Israel have I found such faith.
Amen, I tell you that many will come from east and west,
and will recline with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
in the sovereignty of heaven;
but the sons of the sovereignty
will be thrown out into the outer darkness;
there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth."

And Jesus said to the centurion,
"Go, as you believed, let it be for you."
Returning to the house he found the servant cured.

On the next day he went into a town called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
As he came near the gate of the town,
a mother's only son having died was being carried out;
she was a widow,
and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.

Seeing her the Lord felt compassion for her
and said to her, "Do not cry."
Approaching he touched the coffin,
and the bearers stood still;
he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise."
And the one dead sat up and began to speak,
and he gave him to his mother.

Fear took hold of them all, and they praised God
saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us,"
and "God has visited his people."
This word about him went out
throughout Judea and all the region around.

31. Healing a Centurion's Servant Harmony 31 * Interpretation 31
32. Jesus Responds to John the Baptist Harmony 32 * Synthesis 32 * Interpretation 32

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