Luke 7:31-50 Bible in Basic English

31  What comparison am I to make of the men of this generation? what are they like? 32  They are like children who are seated in the market-place, crying out to one another, and saying, We made music for you, but you did not take part in the dance; we gave cries of sorrow, but you were not sad. 33  For John the Baptist came, taking no food or drink, and you say, He has an evil spirit. 34  The Son of man came feasting, and you say, Here is a lover of food and wine, a friend of tax-farmers and sinners. 35  But wisdom is judged to be right by all her children.

Jesus at the Home of Simon the Pharisee

36  And one of the Pharisees made a request that he would take a meal with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house and took his seat at the table. 37  And there was a woman in the town who was a sinner; and when she had news that he was a guest in the Pharisee's house, she took a bottle of perfume, 38  And went in and took her place at the back of him, near his feet, weeping, so that his feet were washed with the drops from her eyes, and with her hair she made them dry, and kissing his feet she put the perfume on them. 39  Now when the Pharisee in whose house he was saw it, he said to himself, This man, if he was a prophet, would be conscious what sort of woman this is who has put her hands on him, that she is a sinner. 40  And Jesus, answering, said, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he said, Master, say on. 41  And he said, Two men were in debt to a certain man of business: one had a debt of five hundred pence, and the other of fifty. 42  When they were unable to make payment, he made the two of them free of their debts. Which of them, now, will have the greater love for him? 43  Simon, in answer, said, It seems he whose debt was greater. And he said, Your decision is right. 44  And turning to the woman he said to Simon, You see this woman? I came into your house; you did not give me water for my feet: but she has been washing my feet with the drops from her eyes, and drying them with her hair. 45  You did not give me a kiss: but she, from the time when I came in, has gone on kissing my feet. 46  You put no oil on my head: but she has put perfume on my feet. 47  And so I say to you, She will have forgiveness for her sins which are great in number, because of her great love: but he who has small need of forgiveness gives little love. 48  And he said to her, You have forgiveness for your sins. 49  And those who were seated at table with him said to themselves, Who is this who even gives forgiveness of sins? 50  And he said to the woman, By your faith you have salvation; go in peace.


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