Jesus Forgives a Woman


Jesus eats with a Pharisee

A Pharisee—a Jewish leader—asked the Savior to eat with him. Jesus went to his house and sat down. Luke 7:36

A sinful woman went there

A woman who had many sins lived in the city. She knew Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, and she went there. Luke 7:37

She washed Jesus' feet with her tears

Crying, she knelt at the Savior’s feet and washed them with her tears. Then she dried His feet with her hair and kissed them. She put sweet smelling oil on them too. The Pharisee watched her. He knew the woman had many sins, and he thought Jesus should not let her touch Him. Luke 7:38–39

Jesus knew what the Pharisee was thinking

The Savior knew what the Pharisee was thinking. Jesus pointed out that the woman had washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and put sweet smelling oil on them. But the Pharisee had not given Him water to wash His feet or oil to anoint His head, as was often done for guests. Luke 7:44–46

The woman had repented

Jesus told the Pharisee the woman had many sins but had repented of them. She loved the Savior very much and had faith in Him. He told the woman that her sins were forgiven, that she should not be sad anymore. Luke 7:47–48; D&C 58:42–43; James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd edition (1916), 262–63

[illustrations] Illustrated by Paul Mann