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Luke 18 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 "In a certain town there was a judge who did not respect God or care about people. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge, saying, 'Give me my rights against my enemy.' 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 help her. But afterwards, he thought to himself, 'Even though I don't respect God or care about 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 will see that she gets her rights. Otherwise she will continue to bother me until I am worn 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 said, "Listen to what the unfair judge said. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer 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 tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?" 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 told this story to some people who thought they were very good and 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 "A Pharisee and a tax collector both went to the Temple to pray. 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood alone and prayed, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people who steal, cheat, or take part in adultery, or 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 give up eatingn twice a week, and I give one-tenth of everything I get!' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 "The tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even look up to heaven. But he beat on his chest because he was so sad. He said, 'God, have mercy on 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 tell you, when this man went home, he was right with God, but the Pharisee was not. All who make themselves great will be made humble, but all who make themselves humble will be made great." 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 even their babies to Jesus so he could touch them. When the followers saw this, they told them to stop. 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 for the children, saying, "Let the little children come to me. Don't stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children. 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 tell you the truth, you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a child, or you 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 A certain leader asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to have life forever?" 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? Only God is good. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commands: 'You must not be guilty of adultery. You must not murder anyone. You must not steal. You must not tell lies about your neighbor. 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 But the leader said, "I have obeyed all these commands 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, "There is still one more thing you need to do. Sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and 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 But when the man heard this, he became very 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 looked at him and said, "It is very hard 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 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 When the people heard this, they asked, "Then who can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 Jesus answered, "God can do things that are not possible for people to do." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, all those who have left houses, wives, brothers, parents, or children for 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 get much more in this life. And in the age that is coming, they will have life forever." 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 apostles aside and said to them, "We are going to Jerusalem. Everything the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will happen. 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 turned over to those who are not Jews. They will laugh at 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 beat him with whips, and kill him. But on the third day, he will rise to life again." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 The apostles did not understand this; the meaning was hidden from them, and they did not realize what was said. 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 the city of Jericho, a blind man was sitting beside the road, begging. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the people coming down the road, he asked, "What is happening?" 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, "Jesus, from Nazareth, is going by." 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 The blind man cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 The people leading the group warned the blind man to be quiet. But the blind man shouted even more, "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 the blind man to be brought to him. When he 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?" He said, "Lord, I want to see." 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, "Then see. You are healed because you believed." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 At once the man was able to see, and he followed Jesus, thanking God. All the people who saw this praised God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.