Luke 18:4

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,

Luke 18:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
ESV
4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man,
NLT
4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,
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.
CSB
4 "For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or respect man,

Luke 18:4 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 18:4

And he would not for a while
He would give no ear to her cries, nor take her cause in hand, nor right her wrongs, and clear her of her adversary:

but afterward he said within himself;
as he was considering the matter in his own mind, and reflecting on this woman's case and the frequent application she had made to him:

though I fear not God, nor regard man;
a monster in iniquity he was, to say so of himself; for though the character belongs to many, there are few that are so impudent in sin, as to take it to themselves, and glory in it.

Luke 18:4 In-Context

2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.
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 some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,
5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.