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Jesus Heals a Servant
7 1Jesus finished saying all these things to the people. Then Jesus went into Capernaum.*
2In Capernaum there was an army officer.* The officer had a servant that was very
sick; he was near death. The officer loved the servant very much. 3When the officer
heard about Jesus, he sent some older Jewish leaders to him. The officer wanted
the men to ask Jesus to come and save the life of his servant. 4The men went to
Jesus. They begged Jesus [to help the officer]. They said, "This officer is worthy
to have your help. 5He loves our people and he built the synagogue* for us." 6So
Jesus went with the men. Jesus was coming near the officer's house when the officer
sent friends to say, "Lord, you don't need to come into my house. I am not good
enough to be with you. 7That is why I did not come to you myself. You only need
to give the order and my servant boy will be healed. 8[I understand your authority].
I am a man under the authority (power) of other men. And I have soldiers under my
authority. I tell one soldier, 'Go,' and he goes. And I tell another soldier, 'Come,'
and he comes. And I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and my servant obeys me." 9When
Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Jesus turned to the people that were following
him. Jesus said, "I tell you, this is the most faith I have seen anywhere, even
in Israel.* " 10The group that was sent to Jesus went back to the house. There they
found that the servant was healed.
Jesus Brings a Man Back to Life
11The next day Jesus went to a town called Nain. Jesus' followers and a large group
of people were traveling with him. 12When Jesus came near the town gates, he saw
a funeral. A mother, who was a widow,* had lost her only son. Many people from
the town were there with the mother while her son was being carried out. 13When
the Lord (Jesus) saw her, he felt very sorry for her in his heart. Jesus said to
her, "Don't cry." 14Jesus walked to the coffin* and touched it. The men that were
carrying the coffin stopped. Jesus said to the dead son, "Young man, I tell you,
get up!" 15Then the son sat up and began to talk. Jesus gave him to his mother.
16All the people were amazed. They were praising God. They said, "A great prophet*
has come to us!" And they said, "God is taking care of his people." 17This news
about Jesus spread into all Judea and into all the places around there.
Footnotes: Capernaum A town in Galilee where Jesus taught. army officer A centurion,
a Roman army officer who had authority over 100 soldiers. synagogue(s) Synagogues
were places where Jews gathered for prayer, study of the Scriptures, and other public
meetings. Israel The Jewish nation (people). widow A widow is a woman whose husband
has died. coffin A wooden box used for burying dead bodies. prophet A person that
spoke for God.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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