Luke 18:9-14

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
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 that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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Luke 18:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
ESV
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
NLT
9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else:
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:
CSB
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else:

Luke 18:9-14 In-Context

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 see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
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 that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
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.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Luke 16:15
  • 2. Isaiah 65:5
  • 3. Acts 3:1
  • 4. Matthew 6:5; Mark 11:25
  • 5. Isaiah 58:3; Matthew 9:14
  • 6. Malachi 3:8; Luke 11:42
  • 7. Isaiah 66:2; Jeremiah 31:19; Luke 23:48
  • 8. Luke 5:32; 1 Timothy 1:15
  • 9. S Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11
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