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1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. 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 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 And there was a widow in that same town who kept coming to him and pleading for her rights, saying, "Help me 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 long time the judge refused to act, but at last he said to himself, "Even though 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 yet because of all the trouble this widow is giving me, I will see to it that she gets her rights. If I don't, she will keep on coming and finally wear me 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 And the Lord continued, "Listen to what that corrupt judge said. 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? 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 judge in their favor and do it quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?" 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 also told this parable to people who were sure of their own goodness and despised everybody else. 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
10 "Once there were two men who went up to the Temple to pray: one was a Pharisee, 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 apart by himself and prayed, "I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. 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 two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all 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 would not even raise his face to heaven, but beat on his breast and said, "God, have pity 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," said Jesus, "the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God when he went home. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves 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 their babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so, 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 the children to him and said, "Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because 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 Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God 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 Jewish leader asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to receive 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. "No one is good except God alone. 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: "Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; respect your father and your 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, "Ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments." 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 all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches 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 saw that he was sad and said, "How hard it is 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 much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle." 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 The people who heard him asked, "Who, then, can be saved?" 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27 Jesus answered, "What is humanly impossible 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 to follow you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"
29 "Yes," Jesus said to them, "and I assure you that anyone who leaves home 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 receive much more in this present age and eternal life in the age to come." 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 disciples aside and said to them, "Listen! We are going to Jerusalem where everything the prophets wrote about 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 Gentiles, who will make fun of him, insult him, and 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 They will whip him and kill him, but three days later he will rise to life." 33 On the third day he will rise again."
34 But the disciples did not understand any of these things; the meaning of the words was hidden from them, and they did not know what Jesus 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 Jesus was coming near Jericho, there was a blind man sitting by the road, begging. 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the crowd passing by, he asked, "What is this?" 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by," they told him. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 He 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 in front scolded him and told 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 So 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?" "Sir," he answered, "I want to see again." 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, "Then see! Your faith has made you well." 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
43 At once he was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving thanks to God. When the crowd saw it, they all praised God. 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.