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Luke 18 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 He said, "There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 A widow in that city kept after him: 'My rights are being violated. Protect me!' 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'
4 "He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, 'I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
5 But because this widow won't quit badgering me, I'd better do something and see that she gets justice - otherwise I'm going to end up beaten black and blue by her pounding.'" 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 Then the Master said, "Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 So what makes you think God won't step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won't he stick up for 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 assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?" 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 He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. 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 tithe on all my income.' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 "Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive 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 Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself." 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 People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
16 Jesus called them back. "Let these children alone. Don't get between them and me. These children are the kingdom's pride and joy. 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 Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
18 One day one of the local officials asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?" 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good - only God. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments, don't you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and 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 He said, "I've kept them all for as long as I can remember." 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
22 When Jesus heard that, he said, "Then there's only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, 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 This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
24 Seeing his reaction, Jesus said, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God's kingdom? 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
25 I'd say it's easier to thread a camel through a needle's eye than get a rich person into God's kingdom." 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 "Then who has any chance at all?" the others asked. 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 "No chance at all," Jesus said, "if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Peter tried to regain some initiative: "We left everything we owned and followed you, didn't we?" 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 "Yes," said Jesus, "and you won't regret it. No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children - whatever - 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 lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!" 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
31 Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, "Listen carefully. We're on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. 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 the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill 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 In three days he will rise, alive." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But they didn't get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about. 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 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is going by." 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 He yelled, "Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!" 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, "Son of David! Mercy, 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 him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 "What do you want from me?" He said, "Master, I want to see again." 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 Jesus said, "Go ahead - see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!" 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing - and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.