1Now He was telling them a parable to show that at alltimes they 1ought to pray and not to 2loseheart,
2saying, "In a certaincitythere was a judge who did not fearGod and did not 3respectman.3"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'aGive me legalprotection from my opponent.'4"For a while he was unwilling ; but afterward he said to himself, 'Eventhough I do not fearGodnor4respectman,5yet5becausethiswidowbothers me, I will bgive her legalprotection, otherwise by continuallycoming she will c6wear me out.' "6
And 7the Lordsaid, "Hearwhat the unrighteousjudgesaid;7now, will not God8bringaboutjustice for His 9elect who cry to Him day and night, dand will He 10delaylongover them?8"I tell you that He will bringaboutjustice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Mancomes, 11will He findefaith on the earth?"
And He alsotoldthisparable to somepeople who 12trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and 13viewedothers with contempt:
10"Twomen14went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a taxcollector.11"The Pharisee15stood and was prayingthis to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not likeotherpeople: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, orevenlikethistaxcollector.12'I 16fasttwice a week; I 17paytithes of all that I get.'13"But the taxcollector, 18standingsomedistanceaway, 19was evenunwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but 20was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be fmerciful to me, the sinner!'14"I tell you, thismanwent to his housejustifiedratherthan the other; 21for everyone who exaltshimself will be humbled, but he who humbleshimself will be exalted."1522And they were bringingeven their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciplessaw it, they began rebuking them.
But Jesuscalled for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Godbelongs to such as these.17"Truly I say to you, 23whoever does not receive the kingdom of Godlike a child will not enter it at all."
1824A rulerquestioned Him, saying, "GoodTeacher, what shall I do to inheriteternallife?"
And Jesussaid to him, "Why do you call Me good? Noone is goodexceptGodalone.20"You know the commandments, '25DO NOT COMMITADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEARFALSEWITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' "21
And he said, "Allthesethings I have kept from my youth."
When Jesusheard this, He said to him, "Onething you stilllack; 26sellall that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have27treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."23
But when he had heardthesethings, he becameverysad, for he was extremelyrich.
And Jesuslooked at him and said, "28Howhard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!25"For 29it is easier for a camel to ggothrough the eye of a needlethan for a richman to enter the kingdom of God."26
They who heard it said, "Thenwhocan be saved?"
But He said, "30The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."28Petersaid, "Behold, 31we have lefthour own homes and followed You."
And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, 32there is noonewho has lefthouseorwifeorbrothersorparentsorchildren, for the sake of the kingdom of God,30who will not receivemanytimes as much at thistime and in 33the age to come, eternallife."3134Then He took the twelveaside and said to them, "Behold, 35we are going up to Jerusalem, and 36allthings which are writtenthrough the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.32"37For He will be ihanded over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon,33and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the thirdday He will riseagain."34
But 38the disciples understoodnone of thesethings, and the meaning of thisstatement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
3539As j40Jesus was approachingJericho, a blindman was sitting by the roadbegging.
36Nowhearing a crowdgoing by, he began to inquirewhatthis was.
They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
And he called out, saying, "Jesus, 41Son of David, havemercy on me!"
39Those who led the way were sternlytelling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "42Son of David, havemercy on me!"
And Jesusstopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he camenear, He questioned him,
41"What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!"
And Jesussaid to him, "kReceive your sight; 43your faith has lmade you well."43Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, 44glorifyingGod; and when 45all the peoplesaw it, they gavepraise to God.