THE HOLY BIBLE
The Gospel According to Luke Chapter 18:1-43
Luke 18:1 Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said,
Luke 18:2 "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
Luke 18:3 And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
Luke 18:4 For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
Luke 18:5 because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'"
Luke 18:6 The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Luke 18:7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?
Luke 18:8 I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Luke 18:9 He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
Luke 18:10 "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity - greedy, dishonest, adulterous - or even like this tax collector.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'
Luke 18:13 But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'
Luke 18:14 I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18:15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
Luke 18:16 Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, "Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luke 18:17 Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."
Luke 18:18 An official asked him this question, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Luke 18:19 Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
Luke 18:20 You know the commandments, 'You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.'"
Luke 18:21 And he replied, "All of these I have observed from my youth."
Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this he said to him, "There is still one thing left for you: sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Luke 18:23 But when he heard this he became quite sad, for he was very rich.
Luke 18:24 Jesus looked at him (now sad) and said, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
Luke 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
Luke 18:26 Those who heard this said, "Then who can be saved?"
Luke 18:27 And he said, "What is impossible for human beings is possible for God."
Luke 18:28 Then Peter said, "We have given up our possessions and followed you."
Luke 18:29 He said to them, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God
Luke 18:30 who will not receive (back) an overabundant return in this present age and eternal life in the age to come."
Luke 18:31 Then he took the Twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and everything written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
Luke 18:32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon;
Luke 18:33 and after they have scourged him they will kill him, but on the third day he will rise."
Luke 18:34 But they understood nothing of this; the word remained hidden from them and they failed to comprehend what he said.
Luke 18:35 Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
Luke 18:36 and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
Luke 18:37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
Luke 18:38 He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, 8 have pity on me!"
Luke 18:39 The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!"
Luke 18:41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see."
Luke 18:42 Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."
Luke 18:43 He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.