3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice1 against my adversary.'4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "26
And the Lord3 said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out4 to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man5 comes,6 will he find faith on the earth?"
To some who were confident of their own righteousness7 and looked down on everybody else,8 Jesus told this parable:
10"Two men went up to the temple to pray,9 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood up10 and prayed abouta himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.12I fast11 twice a week and give a tenth12 of all I get.'13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast13 and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'14