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Bible Commentaries

The Gospels Compared

Luke 7

Verses 2-10

A Centurion asks Jesus to heal his servant
Matthew 8:5-13 Luke 7:2-10

Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, Luke 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him
Matthew 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. that he would come and heal his servant.

Luke 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Luke 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Matthew 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

Luke 7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof:
but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it]. Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it].
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.


Christian Apologetics Reaserch Ministry
Who brought the Centurion's request to Jesus?
Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:2-10
It clearly states that the Centurion came to Jesus in Matthew 8:5. But it also says that the Jewish elders came to Jesus also. The order of events seem to be that the Centurion first sent the Jewish elders Luke 7:3. Jesus then agreed to go. Then the Centurion came to Jesus Matthew 8:5. Jesus walked everywhere he went. Centurions commanded hundred-men groups in the Roman legion. "Such men were prestigious members of a relatively small class governing the military." (Achtemeier, Paul J., Th.D., Harper’s Bible Dictionary, San Francisco: Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc. 1985). Therefore, the centurion most probably had a horse upon which to ride to and from Jesus. If this is so, then he probably returned to his home, checked on the servant and then sent friends Luke 7:6 to speak to Jesus saying that the Centurion was not worthy for Jesus to even enter his home. Jesus continued on. Then, as Jesus neared the home, the Centurion himself approached Jesus Matthew 8:8 to tell Jesus that he was not worthy for Him to enter his house.
The slave is sick
Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
Jewish elders entreat Jesus
Luke 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.


Luke 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:


Luke 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Centurion approaches Jesus Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

Matthew 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
Jesus goes Matthew 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Centurion sent friends to Jesus
Luke 7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:


Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
Centurion says he is not worthy Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
the Centurion speaks of authority Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it]. Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it].
Jesus' words and the servant is healed. Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Verses 19-35

Jesus eases John's doubt
Matthew 11:2-19 Luke 7:19-35
Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, Luke 7:19 And John calling [unto him] two of his disciples sent [them] to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
Matthew 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Luke 7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of [their] infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many [that were] blind he gave sight.
Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard;
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Matthew 11:6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me. Luke 7:23 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Luke 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Matthew 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses. Luke 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
Matthew 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. Luke 7:26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
Matthew 11:10 For this is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Luke 7:27 This is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Matthew 11:14 And if ye will receive [it], this is Elias, which was for to come. Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard [him], and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Matthew 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, Luke 7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying,
Matthew 11:17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
Matthew 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. Luke 7:33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. Luke 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
But wisdom is justified of her children. Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.
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"Commentary on Luke 7". "The Gospels Compared". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tgc/luke-7.html. 2014.