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Luke 18

ESV 1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. MSG 1 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. ESV 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. MSG 2 He said, "There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. ESV 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' MSG 3 A widow in that city kept after him: 'My rights are being violated. Protect me!' ESV 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 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. ESV 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 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.'" ESV 6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. MSG 6 Then the Master said, "Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? ESV 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 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? ESV 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" 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?" ESV 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 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: ESV 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. MSG 10 "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. ESV 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. 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. ESV 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' MSG 12 I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.' ESV 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!' 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.'" ESV 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." 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." ESV 15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. MSG 15 People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. ESV 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. 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. ESV 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." MSG 17 Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." ESV 18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" MSG 18 One day one of the local officials asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?" ESV 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. MSG 19 Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good - only God. ESV 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" MSG 20 You know the commandments, don't you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother." ESV 21 And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." MSG 21 He said, "I've kept them all for as long as I can remember." ESV 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 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." ESV 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 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. ESV 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 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? ESV 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person 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." ESV 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" MSG 26 "Then who has any chance at all?" the others asked. ESV 27 But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." 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." ESV 28 And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." MSG 28 Peter tried to regain some initiative: "We left everything we owned and followed you, didn't we?" ESV 29 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, MSG 29 "Yes," said Jesus, "and you won't regret it. No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children - whatever - ESV 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life." MSG 30 will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!" ESV 31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 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. ESV 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 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. ESV 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." MSG 33 In three days he will rise, alive." ESV 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. MSG 34 But they didn't get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about. ESV 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. MSG 35 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. ESV 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. MSG 36 When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. ESV 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." MSG 37 They told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is going by." ESV 38 And he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" MSG 38 He yelled, "Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!" ESV 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "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!" ESV 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, MSG 40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, ESV 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight." MSG 41 "What do you want from me?" He said, "Master, I want to see again." ESV 42 And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; your faith has made you well." MSG 42 Jesus said, "Go ahead - see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!" ESV 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. 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.

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