New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

What did the woman in the city do to Jesus?

At one point during his ministry, Jesus was invited to eat at a Pharisee’s house. Jesus agreed, and took his place at the table. While Jesus was there, “a woman in the city, who was a sinner” went into the Pharisee’s house to see Jesus. The woman wept and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and the ointment from an alabaster jar. She dried his feet with her hair, and kissed his feet. The Pharisee 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.” (NRSV, Luke 7:39) Jesus told those present, “Therefore, 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, loves little.” (NRSV, Luke 7:47)


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