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1 And he made a story for them, the point of which was that men were to go on making prayer and not get tired; 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 Saying, There was a judge in a certain town, who had no fear of God or respect for man: 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 And there was a widow in that town, and she kept on coming to him and saying, Give me my right against the man who has done me wrong. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'
4 And for a time he would not: but later, he said to himself, Though I have no fear of God or respect for man, 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
5 Because this widow is a trouble to me, I will give her her right; for if not, I will be completely tired out by her frequent 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, Give ear to the words of the evil judge. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 And will not God do right in the cause of his saints, whose cries come day and night to his ears, though he is long in doing it? 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 say to you that he will quickly do right in their cause. But when the Son of man comes, will there be any 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 And he made this story for some people who were certain that they were good, and had a low opinion of others: 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 for prayer; one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-farmer. 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee, taking up his position, said to himself these words: God, I give you praise because I am not like other men, who take more than their right, who are evil-doers, who are untrue to their wives, or even like this tax-farmer. 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 Twice in the week I go without food; I give a tenth of all I have. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 The tax-farmer, on the other hand, keeping far away, and not lifting up even his eyes to heaven, made signs of grief and 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 say to you, This man went back to his house with God's approval, and not the other: for everyone who makes himself high will be made low and whoever makes himself low will be made high. 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 And they took their children to him, so that he might put his hands on them: but when the disciples saw it, they said sharp words to them 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus sent for them, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not keep them away, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 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 say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
18 And a certain ruler put a question to him, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life? 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, Why do you say that I am good? No one is good, but only God. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You have knowledge of what the law says: Do not be untrue to your wife, Do not put anyone to death, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Give honour to 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 And he said, All these things I have done from the time when I was a boy. 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
22 And Jesus, hearing it, said to him, One thing you still have need of; get money for your goods, and give it away to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven; and come after 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 at these words he became very sad, for he had great wealth. 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
24 And Jesus, looking at him, said, How hard it is for those who have wealth 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 simpler for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a man who has much money to come into 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 And those who were present said, Then who may have salvation? 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 But he said, Things which are not possible with man are possible with God. 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 And Peter said, See, we have given up what is ours to come after you. 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 And he said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house or wife or brothers or father or mother 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 Who will not get much more in this time, and in the world 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 And he took with him the twelve and said to them, Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things which were said by the prophets will be done to the Son of man. 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 given up to the Gentiles, and will be made sport of and put to shame: 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.
33 And he will be given cruel blows and put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life. 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But they did not take in the sense of any of these words, and what he said was not clear to them, and their minds were not able to see it. 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 And it came about that when he got near Jericho, a certain blind man was seated by the side of the road, making requests for money from those who went by. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 And hearing the sound of a great number of people going by, he said, What is this? 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 And they said to him, Jesus of Nazareth is going by. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 And he said in a loud voice, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 And those who were in front made protests and said to him, Be quiet: but he said all the more, O 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 And Jesus, stopping, gave orders that he was to come to him, and when he came near, he said to him, 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 What would you have me do for you? And he said, Lord, that I may be able to see again. 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 And Jesus said, See again: your faith has made you well. 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 And straight away he was able to see, and he went after him, giving glory to God; and all the people when they saw it gave praise to God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.