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1 Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up. 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 He said, "In a city there was a judge who didn't fear God or respect people. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice.' 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'
4 "For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, 'This widow really annoys me. Although I don't fear God or respect people, 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
5 I'll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she'll keep coming to me until she wears me out.'" 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "
6 The Lord added, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge thought. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 Won't God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them? 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?
8 I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
9 Jesus also used this illustration with some who were sure that God approved of them while they looked down on everyone else. 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 He said, "Two men went into the temple courtyard to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed, 'God, I thank you that I'm not like other people! I'm not a robber or a dishonest person. I haven't committed adultery. I'm not even like this tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my entire income.' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 "But the tax collector was standing at a distance. He wouldn't even look up to heaven. Instead, he became very upset, and he said, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
14 "I can guarantee that this tax collector went home with God's approval, but the Pharisee didn't. Everyone who honors himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be honored." 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
15 Some people brought infants to Jesus to have him hold them. When the disciples saw this, they told the people not to do that. 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called the infants to him and said, "Don't stop the children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it." 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
18 An official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: Never commit adultery. Never murder. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and your mother." 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' "
21 The official replied, "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was a boy." 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still need one thing. Sell everything you have. Distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!" 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
23 When the official heard this, he became sad, because he was very rich. 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
24 Jesus watched him and said, "How hard it is for rich people to enter the kingdom of God! 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 Those who heard him asked, "Who, then, can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 Jesus said, "The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Then Peter said, "We've left everything to follow you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children because of the kingdom of God 29 "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God
30 will certainly receive many times as much in this life and will receive eternal life in the world to come." 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
31 Jesus took the twelve apostles aside and said to them, "We're going to Jerusalem. Everything that the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true. 31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
32 He will be handed over to foreigners. They will make fun of him, insult him, spit on him, 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.
33 whip him, and kill him. But on the third day he will come back to life." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But they didn't understand any of this. What he said was a mystery to them, and they didn't know what he meant. 34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
35 As Jesus came near Jericho, a blind man was sitting and begging by the road. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the crowd going by, he tried to find out what was happening. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 The people told him that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 Then the blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 The people at the front of the crowd told the blind man to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40 Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him, 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Lord, I want to see again." 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 Jesus told him, "Receive your sight! Your faith has made you well." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 Immediately, he could see again. He followed Jesus and praised God. All the people saw this, and they, too, praised God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.