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Luke 18

MSG 1 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. NIV 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. MSG 2 He said, "There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. NIV 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. MSG 3 A widow in that city kept after him: 'My rights are being violated. Protect me!' NIV 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' MSG 4 "He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, 'I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. NIV 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, MSG 5 But because this widow won't quit badgering me, I'd better do something and see that she gets justice - otherwise I'm going to end up beaten black and blue by her pounding.'" NIV 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!' " MSG 6 Then the Master said, "Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? NIV 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. MSG 7 So what makes you think God won't step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won't he stick up for them? NIV 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 ? MSG 8 I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?" NIV 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?" MSG 9 He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: NIV 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: MSG 10 "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. NIV 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. MSG 11 The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. NIV 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. MSG 12 I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.' NIV 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' MSG 13 "Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'" NIV 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.' MSG 14 Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself." NIV 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." MSG 15 People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. NIV 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. MSG 16 Jesus called them back. "Let these children alone. Don't get between them and me. These children are the kingdom's pride and joy. NIV 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. MSG 17 Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." NIV 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." MSG 18 One day one of the local officials asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?" NIV 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" MSG 19 Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good - only God. NIV 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. MSG 20 You know the commandments, don't you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother." NIV 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.' " MSG 21 He said, "I've kept them all for as long as I can remember." NIV 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. MSG 22 When Jesus heard that, he said, "Then there's only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me." NIV 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." MSG 23 This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go. NIV 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. MSG 24 Seeing his reaction, Jesus said, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God's kingdom? NIV 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! MSG 25 I'd say it's easier to thread a camel through a needle's eye than get a rich person into God's kingdom." NIV 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." MSG 26 "Then who has any chance at all?" the others asked. NIV 26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" MSG 27 "No chance at all," Jesus said, "if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it." NIV 27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." MSG 28 Peter tried to regain some initiative: "We left everything we owned and followed you, didn't we?" NIV 28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!" MSG 29 "Yes," said Jesus, "and you won't regret it. No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children - whatever - NIV 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 MSG 30 will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!" NIV 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." MSG 31 Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, "Listen carefully. We're on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. NIV 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. MSG 32 He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. NIV 32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. MSG 33 In three days he will rise, alive." NIV 33 On the third day he will rise again." MSG 34 But they didn't get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about. NIV 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. MSG 35 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. NIV 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. MSG 36 When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. NIV 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. MSG 37 They told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is going by." NIV 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." MSG 38 He yelled, "Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!" NIV 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" MSG 39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, "Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!" NIV 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!" MSG 40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, NIV 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, MSG 41 "What do you want from me?" He said, "Master, I want to see again." NIV 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied. MSG 42 Jesus said, "Go ahead - see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!" NIV 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." MSG 43 The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing - and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God. NIV 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.