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Luke 7

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Slave

1After He had finished all that He had to say in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum.

Now a [Roman] [a]centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and on the verge of death. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with Him earnestly [to come], saying, “He is worthy for You to do this for him, because he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense].” And Jesus went with them. But when He was near the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof. Therefore I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You. But just speak a word, and my slave will be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith [as this man’s].” 10 When the messengers who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

11 Soon afterward Jesus went to a city called Nain [near Nazareth], and His disciples and a large crowd accompanied Him. 12 Now as He approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her [in the funeral procession]. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt [great] compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 And He came up and touched the bier [on which the body rested], and the pallbearers stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise [from death]!” 15 The man who was dead sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Fear and profound awe gripped them all, and they began glorifying and honoring and praising God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people [to help and care for and provide for them]!” 17 This news about Him spread through all of Judea and in all the surrounding countryside.

A Delegation from John

18 John’s disciples brought word to him [in prison] of all these things. 19 John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the [b]Expected One (the Messiah), or should we look for someone else?” 20 So the men came to Jesus and said, “John the Baptist sent us to You to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One (the Messiah), or should we look for someone else?’” 21 At that very hour Jesus healed many people of sicknesses and infirmities and evil spirits; and He gave [the gracious gift of] sight to many who were blind. 22 So He replied to them, “Go and tell John about everything you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news (gospel) preached to them. 23 Blessed [joyful, spiritually favored] is he who does not take offense at Me.”

24 When John’s messengers left, Jesus began speaking to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? [c]A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing [entirely unsuited for the harsh wilderness]? Those who wear splendid clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces! 26 But what did you [really] go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one [d]far more [eminent and remarkable] than a prophet [who foretells the future]. 27 This is the one of whom it is written [by the prophet Malachi],

Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater [in privilege] than he.” 29 All the people and the tax collectors who heard Jesus, acknowledged [the validity of] God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers [who were experts in the Mosaic Law] annulled and set aside God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation [who set aside God’s plan], and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, and saying, ‘We played the flute for you [pretending to be at a wedding], and you did not dance; we sang a dirge [pretending to be at a funeral], and you did not weep [so nothing we did appealed to you].’ 33 For John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a man who is a glutton and a [heavy] wine-drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews].’ 35 Yet wisdom is vindicated and shown to be right by all her children [by the lifestyle, moral character, and good deeds of her followers].”

The Anointing in Galilee

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and He went into the Pharisee’s house [in the region of Galilee] and reclined at the table. 37 Now there was a woman in the city who was [known as] a [e]sinner; and [f]when she found out that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume; 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began wetting His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and [respectfully] kissed His feet [as an act signifying both affection and submission] and [g]anointed them with the perfume. 39 Now when [Simon] the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this Man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him, that she is a [notorious] sinner [an outcast, devoted to sin].”

Parable of Two Debtors

40 Jesus, answering, said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Teacher, say it.” 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed him five hundred [h]denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they had no means of repaying [the debts], he freely forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I take it, for whom he forgave more.” Jesus said to him, “You have decided correctly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house [but you failed to extend to Me the usual courtesies shown to a guest]; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair [demonstrating her love]. 45 You gave Me no [welcoming] kiss, but from the moment I came in, she has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not [even] anoint My head with [ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [costly and rare] perfume. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began saying among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith [in Me] has saved you; go in peace [free from the distress experienced because of sin].”

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 7:2 A Roman military officer commanding a hundred men.
  2. Luke 7:19 Lit Coming One.
  3. Luke 7:24 I.e. something too ordinary to be of any interest.
  4. Luke 7:26 John was unique among the prophets because he was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for the immediate disclosure of their Messiah.
  5. Luke 7:37 I.e. an immoral woman or prostitute.
  6. Luke 7:37 When a Rabbi (teacher) was visiting in someone’s home, it was acceptable for uninvited guests to come and listen to the conversation.
  7. Luke 7:38 There were apparently two anointings of Jesus. This one in the home of Simon the Pharisee (identified in v 40) in the area of Galilee by an unnamed woman, and the other in the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany, by Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The anointing in Bethany preceded the triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8).
  8. Luke 7:41 A denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages.

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Lucas 7

La fe del centurión

1Cuando terminó de hablar al pueblo, Jesús entró en Capernaúm. Había allí un centurión, cuyo siervo, a quien él estimaba mucho, estaba enfermo, a punto de morir. Como oyó hablar de Jesús, el centurión mandó a unos dirigentes[a] de los judíos a pedirle que fuera a sanar a su siervo. Cuando llegaron ante Jesús, le rogaron con insistencia:

—Este hombre merece que le concedas lo que te pide: aprecia tanto a nuestra nación que nos ha construido una sinagoga.

Así que Jesús fue con ellos. No estaba lejos de la casa cuando el centurión mandó unos amigos a decirle:

—Señor, no te tomes tanta molestia, pues no merezco que entres bajo mi techo. Por eso ni siquiera me atreví a presentarme ante ti. Pero, con una sola palabra que digas, quedará sano mi siervo. Yo mismo obedezco órdenes superiores y, además, tengo soldados bajo mi autoridad. Le digo a uno: “Ve”, y va, y al otro: “Ven”, y viene. Le digo a mi siervo: “Haz esto”, y lo hace.

Al oírlo, Jesús se asombró de él y, volviéndose a la multitud que lo seguía, comentó:

—Les digo que ni siquiera en Israel he encontrado una fe tan grande.

10 Al regresar a casa, los enviados encontraron sano al siervo.

Jesús resucita al hijo de una viuda

11 Poco después Jesús, en compañía de sus discípulos y de una gran multitud, se dirigió a un pueblo llamado Naín. 12 Cuando ya se acercaba a las puertas del pueblo, vio que sacaban de allí a un muerto, hijo único de madre viuda. La acompañaba un grupo grande de la población. 13 Al verla, el Señor se compadeció de ella y le dijo:

—No llores.

14 Entonces se acercó y tocó el féretro. Los que lo llevaban se detuvieron, y Jesús dijo:

—Joven, ¡te ordeno que te levantes!

15 El muerto se incorporó y comenzó a hablar, y Jesús se lo entregó a su madre. 16 Todos se llenaron de temor y alababan a Dios.

—Ha surgido entre nosotros un gran profeta —decían—. Dios ha venido en ayuda de[b] su pueblo.

17 Así que esta noticia acerca de Jesús se divulgó por toda Judea[c] y por todas las regiones vecinas.

Jesús y Juan el Bautista

18 Los discípulos de Juan le contaron todo esto. Él llamó a dos de ellos 19 y los envió al Señor a preguntarle:

—¿Eres tú el que ha de venir, o debemos esperar a otro?

20 Cuando se acercaron a Jesús, ellos le dijeron:

—Juan el Bautista nos ha enviado a preguntarte: “¿Eres tú el que ha de venir, o debemos esperar a otro?”

21 En ese mismo momento Jesús sanó a muchos que tenían enfermedades, dolencias y espíritus malignos, y les dio la vista a muchos ciegos. 22 Entonces les respondió a los enviados:

—Vayan y cuéntenle a Juan lo que han visto y oído: Los ciegos ven, los cojos andan, los que tienen lepra son sanados, los sordos oyen, los muertos resucitan y a los pobres se les anuncian las buenas nuevas. 23 Dichoso el que no tropieza por causa mía.

24 Cuando se fueron los enviados, Jesús comenzó a hablarle a la multitud acerca de Juan: «¿Qué salieron a ver al desierto? ¿Una caña sacudida por el viento? 25 Si no, ¿qué salieron a ver? ¿A un hombre vestido con ropa fina? Claro que no, pues los que se visten ostentosamente y llevan una vida de lujo están en los palacios reales. 26 Entonces, ¿qué salieron a ver? ¿A un profeta? Sí, les digo, y más que profeta. 27 Este es de quien está escrito:

»“Yo estoy por enviar a mi mensajero delante de ti,
    el cual preparará el camino”.[d]

28 Les digo que entre los mortales no ha habido nadie más grande que Juan; sin embargo, el más pequeño en el reino de Dios es más grande que él».

29 Al oír esto, todo el pueblo, y hasta los recaudadores de impuestos, reconocieron que el camino de Dios era justo, y fueron bautizados por Juan. 30 Pero los fariseos y los expertos en la ley no se hicieron bautizar por Juan, rechazando así el propósito de Dios respecto a ellos.[e]

31 «Entonces, ¿con qué puedo comparar a la gente de esta generación? ¿A quién se parecen ellos? 32 Se parecen a niños sentados en la plaza que se gritan unos a otros:

»“Tocamos la flauta,
    y ustedes no bailaron;
entonamos un canto fúnebre,
    y ustedes no lloraron”.

33 Porque vino Juan el Bautista, que no comía pan ni bebía vino, y ustedes dicen: “Tiene un demonio”. 34 Vino el Hijo del hombre, que come y bebe, y ustedes dicen: “Este es un glotón y un borracho, amigo de recaudadores de impuestos y de pecadores”. 35 Pero la sabiduría queda demostrada por los que la siguen».[f]

Una mujer pecadora unge a Jesús

36 Uno de los fariseos invitó a Jesús a comer, así que fue a la casa del fariseo y se sentó a la mesa.[g] 37 Ahora bien, vivía en aquel pueblo una mujer que tenía fama de pecadora. Cuando ella se enteró de que Jesús estaba comiendo en casa del fariseo, se presentó con un frasco de alabastro lleno de perfume. 38 Llorando, se arrojó a los pies de Jesús,[h] de manera que se los bañaba en lágrimas. Luego se los secó con los cabellos; también se los besaba y se los ungía con el perfume.

39 Al ver esto, el fariseo que lo había invitado dijo para sí: «Si este hombre fuera profeta, sabría quién es la que lo está tocando, y qué clase de mujer es: una pecadora».

40 Entonces Jesús le dijo a manera de respuesta:

—Simón, tengo algo que decirte.

—Dime, Maestro —respondió.

41 —Dos hombres le debían dinero a cierto prestamista. Uno le debía quinientas monedas de plata,[i] y el otro cincuenta. 42 Como no tenían con qué pagarle, les perdonó la deuda a los dos. Ahora bien, ¿cuál de los dos lo amará más?

43 —Supongo que aquel a quien más le perdonó —contestó Simón.

—Has juzgado bien —le dijo Jesús.

44 Luego se volvió hacia la mujer y le dijo a Simón:

—¿Ves a esta mujer? Cuando entré en tu casa, no me diste agua para los pies, pero ella me ha bañado los pies en lágrimas y me los ha secado con sus cabellos. 45 Tú no me besaste, pero ella, desde que entré, no ha dejado de besarme los pies. 46 Tú no me ungiste la cabeza con aceite, pero ella me ungió los pies con perfume. 47 Por esto te digo: si ella ha amado mucho, es que sus muchos pecados le han sido perdonados.[j] Pero a quien poco se le perdona, poco ama.

48 Entonces le dijo Jesús a ella:

—Tus pecados quedan perdonados.

49 Los otros invitados comenzaron a decir entre sí: «¿Quién es este, que hasta perdona pecados?»

50 —Tu fe te ha salvado —le dijo Jesús a la mujer—; vete en paz.

Notas al pie

  1. 7:3 dirigentes. Lit. ancianos.
  2. 7:16 ha venido en ayuda de. Lit. ha visitado a.
  3. 7:17 Judea. Alt. la tierra de los judíos.
  4. 7:27 Mal 3:1
  5. 7:29-30 Algunos intérpretes piensan que estos versículos forman parte del discurso de Jesús.
  6. 7:35 queda … siguen. Lit. ha sido justificada por todos sus hijos.
  7. 7:36 se sentó a la mesa. Lit. se recostó.
  8. 7:38 se arrojó a los pies de Jesús. Lit. se puso detrás junto a sus pies; es decir, detrás del recostadero.
  9. 7:41 quinientas monedas de plata. Lit. quinientos denarios.
  10. 7:47 te digo … perdonados. Lit. te digo que sus muchos pecados han sido perdonados porque amó mucho.