A Sinful Woman Forgiven (The Story)

Luke 7:36-50 Modern English Version (MEV)

36 One of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. So He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down for supper. 37 There, a woman of the city who was a sinner, when she learned that Jesus was sitting for supper in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment, 38 and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, “If this Man were a prophet, He would have known who and what kind of woman she is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

He said, “Teacher, say it.”

41 “A creditor had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii,[a]and the other fifty. 42 When they had no money to pay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered, “I suppose he whom he forgave more.”

He said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 Those who sat at supper with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is He who even forgives sins?”

50 He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

If you were the sinful woman, what were you feeling throughout this story? What do you think Jesus was feeling? How about the host of the party, the Pharisee Simon? How about his guests?

Why do you think Luke told this story?

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