7:1 Now 1 when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of
the people, he entered into Capernaum.
(1) Christ admonishes the Jews that for their obstinacy and
rebellion he will go to the Gentiles, by setting before
them the example of the centurion.
7:112 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a
city called a Nain; and many of his disciples went with
him, and much people.
(2) Christ openly affirms his power over death.
(a) Nain is the name of a town in Galilee which was
situated on the other side of the Kishon, which runs
into the sea of Galilee.
7:183 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these
(3) John sends from the prison his unbelieving disciples to be
confirmed by Christ himself.
7:21 And b 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.
(b) When John's disciples came to Christ.
7:244 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
(4) That which the prophets showed long before, John shows
presently: and Christ himself presents it daily unto us in
the gospel, but for the most part in vain, because many
seek nothing else than foolish toys and vain glory.
7:29 And all the people that heard [him], and the publicans, c
justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
(c) Said that he was just, good, faithful and merciful.
7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God
d against themselves, being not baptized of him.
(d) To their own hurt.
7:315 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men
of this generation? and to what are they like?
(5) Whatever manner God uses in offering us the gospel, most
men bring offences upon themselves: yet nevertheless a
Church is gathered together.
7:366 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat
with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat
down to meat.
(6) Proud men deprive themselves of the benefits of the
presence of Christ, even when he is at home with them in
their houses; and these benefits the humble and base enjoy.
7:397 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he
spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a
prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman
[this is] that toucheth him: e for she is a sinner.
(7) Rashness is the companion of pride.
(e) The Pharisee respects the law, which holds that those
who touch the defiled are defiled.
7:408 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have
somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
(8) To love Christ is a sure and perpetual witness of the
remission of sins.
7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are
forgiven; f for she loved much: but to whom little is
forgiven, [the same] loveth little.
(f) That is, says Theophylact, she has shown her faith
abundantly: and Basil in his "Sermon of Baptism" says,
"He that owes much has much forgiven him, that he may
love much more". And therefore Christ's saying is so
plain in light of this that it is a wonder to see the
enemies of the truth so badly distort and misinterpret
this place in such a thorough manner in order to
establish their meritorious works: for the greater
sum a man has forgiven him, the more he loves him that
has been so gracious to him. And this woman shows by
deeds of love how great the benefit was she had
received: and therefore the charity that is here spoken
of is not to be taken as the cause of her forgiveness,
but as a sign of it: for Christ does not say as the
Pharisees did that she was a sinner, but bears her
witness that the sins of her past life are forgiven
7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; g go
(g) He confirms with a blessing the benefit which he had