Luke 18:1-8 CSB

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1 He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged:

References for Luke 18:1

      2 "There was a judge in one town who didn't fear God or respect man.
      3 And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'
      4 "For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or respect man,
      5 yet because this widow keeps pestering me, a I will give her justice, so she doesn't wear me out b by her persistent coming.' "

      References for Luke 18:5

        • a 18:5 - Lit widow causes me trouble
        • b 18:5 - Or doesn't give me a black eye, or doesn't ruin my reputation
          6 Then the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
          7 Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [to help] them? c

          References for Luke 18:7

            • c 18:7 - Or Will He put up with them?
              8 I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith d on earth?"

              References for Luke 18:8

                • d 18:8 - Or faith, or that kind of faith, or any faith, or the faith, or faithfulness; the faith that persists in prayer for God's vindication