“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
King James Version (KJV)
8:10 I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel - For the centurion was not an Israelite.
Mt 8:10 When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled. There are two cases in the Lord's history where he is said to have marvelled; here and in Mr 6:6. In one case he marvels at the faith of a Gentile; in the other at the unbelief of the Jews. I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. The greatness of his faith is shown in his lofty conception of the power and dignity of Christ. This great faith was found, not in Israel, but in a Gentile. In one case beside, that of the Syrophoenician woman (Mt 15:28), also a Gentile, the Lord commends the greatness of faith.