Luke 18:3-13 NIV

3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice1 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!' "2

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6 And the Lord 3 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 out4 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 Man5 comes,6 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 righteousness7 and looked down on everybody else,8 Jesus told this parable:

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10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray,9 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

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11 The 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.

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12 I fast11 twice a week and give a tenth12 of all I get.'

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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

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