Luke 18 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus was telling them a parable about their need to pray continuously and not to be discouraged. 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 respected 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, asking, ‘Give me justice in this case against my adversary.' 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 finally said to himself, I don't fear God or respect 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 but I will give this widow justice because she keeps bothering me. Otherwise, there will be no end to her coming here and embarrassing me." 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 unjust judge says. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 Won't God provide justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he be slow to help 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 give them justice quickly. But when the Human One comes, will he find faithfulness 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 Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust: 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 "Two people went up to the temple to pray. One was 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 stood and prayed about himself with these words, ‘God, I thank you that I'm not like everyone else—crooks, evildoers, 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 everything I receive.' 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13 But the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn't even lift his eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, he struck his chest and said, ‘God, show mercy 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 person went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up." 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 babies to Jesus so that he would bless them. When the disciples saw this, they scolded them. 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 them to him and said, "Allow the children to come to me. Don't forbid them, because God's kingdom belongs to people 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 assure you that whoever doesn't welcome God's kingdom like a 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 Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?" 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: Don't commit adultery. Don't murder. Don't steal. Don't give false testimony. 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 Then the ruler said, "I've kept all of these things 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, "There's one more thing. Sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And 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 When he heard these words, the man became sad because he was extremely rich. 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
24 When Jesus saw this, he said, "It's very hard for the wealthy 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 It's easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter 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 Those who heard this said, "Then who can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible for humans is possible for God." 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
28 Peter said, "Look, we left everything we own and followed you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 Jesus said to them, "I assure you that anyone who has left house, husband, wife, brothers, sisters, parents, or children because of God's kingdom 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 receive many times more in this age and eternal life in the coming age." 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and said, "Look, we're going up to Jerusalem, and everything written about the Human One 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 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. He will be ridiculed, mistreated, and spit on. 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 torturing him, they will kill him. On the third day, he will rise up." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But the Twelve understood none of these words. The meaning of this message was hidden from them and they didn't grasp what he was saying. 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 to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the road begging. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When the man heard the crowd passing by, he asked what was happening. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is passing by." 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 The blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy." 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 Those leading the procession scolded him, telling him to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, "Son of David, show me mercy." 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 called for the man to be brought to him. When he was present 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 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, "Receive your sight! Your faith has healed you." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 At once he was able to see, and he began to follow Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they praised God too. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.