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 fearGodnor1respectman,5yet2becausethiswidowbothers me, I will bgive her legalprotection, otherwise by continuallycoming she will c3wear me out.' "6
And 4the Lordsaid, "Hearwhat the unrighteousjudgesaid;7now, will not God5bringaboutjustice for His 6elect who cry to Him day and night, dand will He 7delaylongover them?8"I tell you that He will bringaboutjustice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Mancomes, 8will He findefaith on the earth?"
And He alsotoldthisparable to somepeople who 9trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and 10viewedothers with contempt:
10"Twomen11went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a taxcollector.11"The Pharisee12stood and was prayingthis to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not likeotherpeople: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, orevenlikethistaxcollector.12'I 13fasttwice a week; I 14paytithes of all that I get.'13"But the taxcollector, 15standingsomedistanceaway, 16was evenunwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but 17was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be fmerciful to me, the sinner!'