Luke 18:1-11 NIV

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.1

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2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice2 against my adversary.'

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4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
5 yet 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!' "3

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6 And the Lord 4 said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.

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7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out5 to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?

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8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man6 comes,7 will he find faith on the earth?"

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness8 and looked down on everybody else,9 Jesus told this parable:

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10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray,10 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

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11 The Pharisee stood up11 and prayed abouta himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.

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