And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought 1always to pray and not 2lose heart.
He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who 3neither feared God nor respected man.
And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'
For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 4'Though I neither fear God nor respect man,
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'"
And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.
And 5will not God give justice to 6his elect, 7who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?
I tell you, he will give justice to them 8speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, 9will he find faith on earth?"
He also told this parable to some 10who trusted 11in themselves that they were righteous, 12and treated others with contempt:
"Two men 13went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, 14standing by himself, prayed15thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
16I fast twice a week; 17I give tithes of all that I get.'
But the tax collector, 18standing far off, 19would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but 20beat his breast, saying, 'God, 21be merciful to me, a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For 22everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
23Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they 24rebuked them.
But Jesus called them to him, saying, 25"Let the children come to me, and 26do not hinder them, 27for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
28Truly, I say to you, whoever does not 29receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
30And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to 31inherit eternal life?"
And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
You know the commandments: 32'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'"
And he said, 33"All these I have kept from my youth."
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. 34Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have 35treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
36But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, 37"How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter 38the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter 39the kingdom of God."
Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
But he said, 40"What is impossible with men is possible with God."
And Peter said, "See, 41we have left our homes and followed you."
And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, 42there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
who will not receive 43many times more 44in this time, and in 45the age to come eternal life."
46And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, 47we are going up to Jerusalem, and 48everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.
For he will be 49delivered over to the Gentiles and will be 50mocked and shamefully treated and 51spit upon.
And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on 52the third day he will rise."
53But they understood none of these things. 54This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
55As he drew near to Jericho, 56a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.
They told him, 57"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
And he cried out, "Jesus, 58Son of David, have mercy on me!"
And those who were in front 59rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him,
60"What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight."
And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; 61your faith has 62made you well."
And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, 63glorifying God. And 64all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.