36 One of the
Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s
house and took his place at the table.
37 And a woman
in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating
in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.
38 She stood behind
him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears
and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet
and anointing 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 this is who is touching him -- that she is a sinner.’
40 Jesus spoke
up and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’
‘Teacher,’ he replied, ‘speak.’
41 ‘A certain
creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the
42 When they could
not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them
will love him more?’
43 Simon answered,
‘I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.’
And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’
44 Then turning
towards the woman, he said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?
I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she
has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.
45 You gave me
no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing
46 You did not
anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence
she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven,
48 Then he said
to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’
49 But those who
were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who
is this who even forgives sins?’
50 And he said
to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’