Bible: Luke 18:9-14

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

18:9 Jesus 1  also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 2  on everyone else. 18:10 Two men went up 3  to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 4  and the other a tax collector. 5  18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 6  ‘God, I thank 7  you that I am not like other people: 8  extortionists, 9  unrighteous people, 10  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 11  18:12 I fast twice 12  a week; I give a tenth 13  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 14  far off and would not even look up 15  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 16  to me, sinner that I am!’ 17  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 18  rather than the Pharisee. 19  For everyone who exalts 20  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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