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Luke 18 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'
4 The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. 'I fear neither God nor man,' he said to himself, 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 this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'" 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 Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 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, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?" 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 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great self-confidence and scorned everyone else: 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a dishonest tax collector. 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery, 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 income.' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am 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, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble 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 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 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 assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God." 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: "Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?" 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Only God is truly good. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 But as for your question, you know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. 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 The man replied, "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was a child." 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
22 "There is still one thing you lack," Jesus said. "Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure 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 But when the man 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 go and then said to his disciples, "How hard it is for rich people to get into 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 Those who heard this said, "Then who in the world can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 He replied, "What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Peter said, "We have left our homes and followed you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 "Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you, everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake 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 be repaid many times over in this life, as well as receiving 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 Gathering the twelve disciples around him, Jesus told them, "As you know, we are going to Jerusalem. And when we get there, all the predictions of the ancient prophets concerning 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 the Romans to be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.
33 They will whip him and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But they didn't understand a thing he said. Its significance was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp 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 As they approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 The crowds ahead of Jesus tried to hush the man, but he only shouted 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 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 Then Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord," he pleaded, "I want to see!" 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 And Jesus said, "All right, you can see! Your faith has healed you." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.