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.