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One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him,
and entering the Pharisee's home he sat down.
A woman who was a sinner in the city,
also having discovered
that he was dining in the Pharisee's home,
brought an alabaster jar of perfume
and standing behind at his feet weeping,
she began to wet his feet with her tears,
and she wiped them off with the hair of her head,
and kissed his feet and anointed them with the perfume.

But the Pharisee who invited him seeing
said within himself, "If this one were a prophet,
he would have recognized
who and what kind of woman was touching him,
for she is a sinner."

Jesus answered him, "Simon,
I have something to tell you."

He said, "Teacher, say it."

"There were two debtors to a certain creditor;
the one owed five hundred days' wages, the other fifty.
Neither of them having it to pay back he pardoned both.
Therefore which of them will love him more?"

Simon answered,
"I suppose the one for whom he pardoned more."

He said to him, "You judge correctly."
Turning toward the woman he said to Simon,
"Do you see this woman?
I entered into your home;
and you did not give me water for my feet;
but she wet my feet with her tears
and wiped them off with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss;
but from the time I entered
she has not left off kissing my feet.
You did not anoint my head with olive oil;
but she anointed my feet with perfume.
Because of this I tell you,
her many sins have been forgiven,
for she loved much;
but whoever is forgiven little, loves little."

Then he said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."

The guests began to say among themselves,
"Who is this, who even forgives sins?"

He said to the woman,
"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

After this he traveled to each town and village
preaching the good message of the sovereignty of God.
The twelve were with him, and certain women
who were healed from bad spirits and illnesses:
Mary the one called Magdalene,
from whom seven demons had gone out,
and Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's manager, and Susanna
and many others who supported them from their possessions.

34. Jesus Forgives a Loving Sinner Harmony 34 * Interpretation 34
35. Expelling Demons Harmony 35 * Synthesis 35 * Interpretation 35

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