Bible: Luke 18:11-27

18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 1  ‘God, I thank 2  you that I am not like other people: 3  extortionists, 4  unrighteous people, 5  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 6  18:12 I fast twice 7  a week; I give a tenth 8  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 9  far off and would not even look up 10  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 11  to me, sinner that I am!’ 12  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 13  rather than the Pharisee. 14  For everyone who exalts 15  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus and Little Children

18:15 Now people 16  were even bringing their babies 17  to him for him to touch. 18  But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 19  18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 20  saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 21  belongs to such as these. 22  18:17 I tell you the truth, 23  whoever does not receive 24  the kingdom of God like a child 25  will never 26  enter it.”

The Wealthy Ruler

18:18 Now 27  a certain ruler 28  asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 29  18:19 Jesus 30  said to him, “Why do you call me good? 31  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.’ 32  18:21 The man 33  replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 34  all these laws 35  since my youth.” 36  18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 37  and give the money 38  to the poor, 39  and you will have treasure 40  in heaven. Then 41  come, follow me.” 18:23 But when the man 42  heard this he became very sad, 43  for he was extremely wealthy. 18:24 When Jesus noticed this, 44  he said, “How hard 45  it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 46  18:25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 47  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 18:26 Those who heard this said, “Then 48  who can be saved? 49  18:27 He replied, “What is impossible 50  for mere humans 51  is possible for God.”

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