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Luke 18 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 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 certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for 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 a widow who kept coming to him and saying, "Grant me justice against my opponent.' 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 he refused; but later he said to himself, "Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.' " 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 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping 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, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, 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 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 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 and the other 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, standing by himself, was praying thus, "God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, 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 fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, "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 tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted." 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 were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 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 them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 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 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child 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 ruler asked him, "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 but God alone. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 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 replied, "I have kept all these since my youth." 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 thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute 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 he heard this, he became sad; for 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, "How hard it is for those who have wealth 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 someone who is 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 man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 He replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Then Peter said, "Look, we have left our homes and followed you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left 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 who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life." 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
31 Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 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 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat 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 After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 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 he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 Then he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, "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 stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he 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, let me see again." 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.