Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they 1ought to pray and not to 2lose heart,
saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not 3respect man.
"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
"For a while he was unwilling ; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor 4respect man,
yet 5because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will 6wear me out.' "
And 7the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
now, will not God 8bring about justice for His 9elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He 10delay long over them?
"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, 11will He find faith on the earth?"
And He also told this parable to some people who 12trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and 13viewed others with contempt:
"Two men 14went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
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"The Pharisee 15stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
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'I 16fast twice a week; I 17pay tithes of all that I get.'
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"But the tax collector, 18standing some distance away, 19was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but 20was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'
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"I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; 21for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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22And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.
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But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
"Truly I say to you, 23whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
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24A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
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And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
"You know the commandments, '25DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' "
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And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."
When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; 26sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have 27treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
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But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
And Jesus looked at him and said, "28How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
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"For 29it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
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They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
But He said, "30The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
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Peter said, "Behold, 31we have left our own homes and followed You."
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And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, 32there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
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who will not receive many times as much at this time and in 33the age to come, eternal life."
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34Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, 35we are going up to Jerusalem, and 36all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.
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"37For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon,
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and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again."
But 38the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
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39As 40Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.
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Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was.
They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
And he called out, saying, "Jesus, 41Son of David, have mercy on me!"
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Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "42Son of David, have mercy on me!"
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And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him,
"What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!"
And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; 43your faith has made you well."
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Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, 44glorifying God; and when 45all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.
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