The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 8:5
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum…
from his journey through Galilee, to the place where he before
dwelt, and is called his own city, (Matthew 9:1)
there came unto him a centurion,
a Roman officer, (ham rv) , "a
commander of an hundred men", as the Hebrew Gospel by Munster reads
it: though the number of men under a "centurion" was more, according
to some accounts.
``A band (it is said F7) made two centuries, each of which
consisted of an hundred and twenty eight soldiers; for a
doubled century made a band, whose governor was called an
Such an one was Cornelius, a centurion of a band, (Acts 10:1) . The
other person that was healed was a Jew. The next instance of Christ's
power and goodness is the servant of a Gentile; he came to do good
both to Jews and Gentiles;
not in person, but by his messengers; see (Luke 7:3)
and the Jews F8 say, (wtwmk Mda lv wxwlvv) , "that a man's messenger
is as himself".
F7 Alex. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 6. c. 13.
F8 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 34. 2.