Luke 7

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Luke 7:36,37 on Papyrus 3, written about 6th/7th century.
Book Gospel of Luke
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 3
Category Gospel

Luke 7 is the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It tells the records of two great miracles performed by Jesus, His reply to John the Baptist's question, and the anointing by a sinful woman.[1] The book containing this chapter is anonymous but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that Luke composed this Gospel as well as Acts.[2]



The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee, c. 15th century.

This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

Healing the centurion's servant

Luke 7:1-10 relates that a Roman centurion in Capernaum asked Jesus for help because his servant was ill. Jesus offered to go to the centurion's house to perform the healing, but the centurion suggested that Jesus perform the healing at a distance. Jesus concurred and the servant was healed at that very hour.

Widow of Nain's Son Raised

This account of a miracle by Jesus is only recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. The location is the village of Nain, Israel, two miles south of Mount Tabor. This is the first of three miracles of Jesus in the canonical gospels in which he raises the dead, the other two being the raising of Jairus' daughter and of Lazarus.

Messengers from John the Baptist

When John the Baptist was in prison and heard of the works performed by Jesus, John sent two of his disciples as messengers to ask a question from Jesus: "Are you the one to come after me or shall we wait for another?" Following this episode, Jesus begins to speak to the crowds about John the Baptist.

Parable of the Two Debtors

Anointing of Jesus, 17th-century altar painting, Ballum, Denmark.

Jesus uses the story of two debtors to explain that a woman loves him more than his host, because she has been forgiven of greater sins. This parable is told after his anointing by a "sinful woman" at the house of a Pharisee named Simon.

See also


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an abbreviated Bible commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.

External links

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Preceded by
Luke 6
Chapters of the Bible
Gospel of Luke
Succeeded by
Luke 8
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