Luke 18:9-14

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 He also told this parable to some 1who trusted 2in themselves that they were righteous, 3and treated others with contempt:
10 "Two men 4went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee, 5standing by himself, prayed[a]6thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 7I fast twice a week; 8I give tithes of all that I get.'
13 But the tax collector, 9standing far off, 10would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but 11beat his breast, saying, 'God, 12be merciful to me, a sinner!'
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For 13everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

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Luke 18:9-14 In-Context

7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?
8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayedthus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.'
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

Cross References 13

  • 1. Luke 16:15; [Matthew 5:20]
  • 2. 2 Corinthians 1:9
  • 3. Proverbs 30:12; Isaiah 65:5; John 7:48, 49
  • 4. 2 Kings 20:5, 8; Acts 3:1; [ver. 14]
  • 5. Matthew 6:5; Mark 11:25
  • 6. [Revelation 3:17]
  • 7. Matthew 9:14
  • 8. Luke 11:42
  • 9. [See ver. 11 above]
  • 10. Ezra 9:6
  • 11. Luke 23:48
  • 12. Psalms 79:9; Ezekiel 16:63; Daniel 9:19
  • 13. See Luke 14:11

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or standing, prayed to himself
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