Bible: Luke 18

Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow

18:1 Then 1  Jesus 2  told them a parable to show them they should always 3  pray and not lose heart. 4  18:2 He said, 5 In a certain city 6  there was a judge 7  who neither feared God nor respected people. 8  18:3 There was also a widow 9  in that city 10  who kept coming 11  to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 12  a while he refused, but later on 13  he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 14  18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 15  by her unending pleas.’ 16  18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 17  18:7 Won’t 18  God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 19  to him day and night? 20  Will he delay 21  long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 22  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 23  on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

18:9 Jesus 24  also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 25  on everyone else. 18:10 Two men went up 26  to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 27  and the other a tax collector. 28  18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 29  ‘God, I thank 30  you that I am not like other people: 31  extortionists, 32  unrighteous people, 33  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 34  18:12 I fast twice 35  a week; I give a tenth 36  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 37  far off and would not even look up 38  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 39  to me, sinner that I am!’ 40  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 41  rather than the Pharisee. 42  For everyone who exalts 43  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus and Little Children

18:15 Now people 44  were even bringing their babies 45  to him for him to touch. 46  But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 47  18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 48  saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 49  belongs to such as these. 50  18:17 I tell you the truth, 51  whoever does not receive 52  the kingdom of God like a child 53  will never 54  enter it.”

The Wealthy Ruler

18:18 Now 55  a certain ruler 56  asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 57  18:19 Jesus 58  said to him, “Why do you call me good? 59  No one is good except God alone. 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ 60  18:21 The man 61  replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 62  all these laws 63  since my youth.” 64  18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 65  and give the money 66  to the poor, 67  and you will have treasure 68  in heaven. Then 69  come, follow me.” 18:23 But when the man 70  heard this he became very sad, 71  for he was extremely wealthy. 18:24 When Jesus noticed this, 72  he said, “How hard 73  it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 74  18:25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 75  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 18:26 Those who heard this said, “Then 76  who can be saved? 77  18:27 He replied, “What is impossible 78  for mere humans 79  is possible for God.” 18:28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 80  to follow you! 81  18:29 Then 82  Jesus 83  said to them, “I tell you the truth, 84  there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 85  or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 18:30 who will not receive many times more 86  in this age 87 and in the age to come, eternal life.” 88 

Another Prediction of Jesus’ Passion

18:31 Then 89  Jesus 90  took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 91  and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 92  18:32 For he will be handed over 93  to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 94  mistreated, 95  and spat on. 96  18:33 They will flog him severely 97  and kill him. Yet 98  on the third day he will rise again.” 18:34 But 99  the twelve 100  understood none of these things. This 101  saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 102  what Jesus meant. 103 

Healing a Blind Man

18:35 As 104  Jesus 105  approached 106  Jericho, 107  a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 18:36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 18:37 They 108  told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 18:38 So 109  he called out, 110 Jesus, Son of David, 111  have mercy 112  on me! 18:39 And those who were in front 113  scolded 114  him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 115  even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! 18:40 So 116  Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 117  to be brought to him. When the man 118  came near, Jesus 119  asked him, 18:41 What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 120 Lord, let me see again.” 121  18:42 Jesus 122  said to him, “Receive 123  your sight; your faith has healed you.” 124  18:43 And immediately he regained 125  his sight and followed Jesus, 126  praising 127  God. When 128  all the people saw it, they too 129  gave praise to God.

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