42 A widow’s son at Nain is raised from the dead.

Luke 7:11–17

What purpose might Jesus have had in going to Nain (Luke 7:11)?

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How large a crowd do you think was following Jesus (Luke 7:11)? What reasons might they have had in following him?

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Why would the funeral procession have been so large (Luke 7:12)?

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What caused Jesus to be filled with compassion when he saw the widow (Luke 7:13)?

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Why did he tell the widow not to cry (Luke 7:13)?

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Why would Jesus have touched the stretcher and not the dead man (Luke 7:14)?

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If the man was dead, how could he hear Jesus’ words commanding him to arise (Luke 7:14)?

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When the dead son sat up, what might he have said to Jesus (Luke 7:15)?

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What do you think was said when Jesus presented the son, alive, to his mother (Luke 7:15)?

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What might people have thought when they saw the miracle (Luke 7:16)?

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How far would news about this miracle spread (Luke 7:17)?

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Soon after the healing of the Roman officer’s servant, Jesus walked toward the town of Nain. His disciples and a huge crowd followed him. As they approached the town gate, they met a large funeral procession for the only son of a widow.

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Luke 7:11–12 Soon after the healing of the Roman officer’s servant, Jesus walked toward the town of Nain. His disciples and a huge crowd followed him. As they approached the town gate, they met a large funeral procession for the only son of a widow.
King James

Luke 7:11–12 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

When Jesus saw the widow, he was filled with compassion and said to her, “Do not cry.” He walked over and touched the stretcher while the bearers stood still. “Young man. I say to you, arise!”

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Luke 7:13–14 When Jesus saw the widow, he was filled with compassion and said to her, “Do not cry.” He walked over and touched the stretcher while the bearers stood still. “Young man. I say to you, arise!”
King James

Luke 7:13–14 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

The dead son sat up and began to speak.

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Luke 7:15 The dead son sat up and began to speak. Jesus presented him to his mother.
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Luke 7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Jesus presented him to his mother.

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Luke 7:15 The dead son sat up and began to speak. Jesus presented him to his mother.
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Luke 7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

A deep reverence came upon all who saw what had happened. They praised God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us,” and, “Today, God has visited us.”

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Luke 7:16 A deep reverence came upon all who saw what had happened. They praised God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us,” and, “Today, God has visited us.”
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Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

The news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and beyond.

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Luke 7:17 The news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and beyond.
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Luke 7:17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.