Luke 18:1-23 NAS

Parables on Prayer

1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they 1ought to pray and not to 2lose heart,

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2 saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not 3respect man.

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3 "There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'

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    • a 18:3 - Lit "Do me justice"
      4 "For a while he was unwilling *; but afterward * he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor 4respect man,

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      5 yet 5because this widow bothers * me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise * by continually * coming she will 6wear me out.' "

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        • b 18:5 - Lit "do her justice"
        • c 18:5 - Lit "hit me under the eye"
          6 And 7the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said;

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          7 now, will not God 8bring about justice for His 9elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He 10delay long over them?

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            • d 18:7 - Or "and yet He is very patient toward them"
              8 "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?"

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                • e 18:8 - Lit "the faith"

                  The Pharisee and the Publican

                  9 And He also told this parable to some people who 12trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and 13viewed others with contempt:

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                  10 "Two men 14went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

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                  11 "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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                  12 'I 16fast twice a week; I 17pay tithes of all that I get.'

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                  13 "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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                  14 "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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                  15 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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                  16 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.
                  17 "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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                  The Rich Young Ruler

                  19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

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                  21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."
                  22 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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                  23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.