Luke 18
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

1He then told them a parable on the need for them to praya always and not become discouraged:b 2“There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear Godc or respect man. 3And a widowd in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

4“For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, 5yet because this widow keepse pestering me,f I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me outg by her persistent coming.’ ”

6Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7Will not God grant justiceh to His electi who cry out to Him day and night?j Will He delayk to help them?l 8I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes,m will He find that faithn on earth? ”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9Heo also told this parable to some who trusted in themselvesp that they were righteousq and looked downr on everyone else: 10“Two men went up to the temple complex to pray,s one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee took his standt,u and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other peoplev — greedy,w unrighteous,x adulterers,y or even like this tax collector. 12I fastz twice a week; I give a tenthaa,ab of everything I get.’

13“But the tax collector, standing far off,ac would not even raise his eyes to heavenad but kept striking his chestae,af and saying, ‘God, turn Your wrath from meag,ah — a sinner! ’ai 14I tell you, this one went down to his house justifiedaj rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”ak

Blessing the Children

15Someal people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me,am and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I assure you:an Whoever does not welcomeao the kingdom of God like a little childap will never enter it.”

The Rich Young Ruler

18Aaq rulerar asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? ”as

19“Why do you call Me good? ” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One — God. 20You know the commandments:

Do not commit adultery;

do not murder;

do not steal;

do not bear false witness;

honor your father and mother.”at,au

21I have kept all these from my youth,” he said.

22When Jesus heard this, He told him, “You still lack one thing: Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor,av and you will have treasure in heaven.aw Then come, follow Me.”ax

23After he heard this, he became extremely sad,ay because he was very rich.

Possessions and the Kingdom

24Seeing that he became sad,az Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25For 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.”

26Those who heard this asked, “Then who can be saved? ”ba

27He replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”bb

28Then Peter said, “Look, we have left what we had and followedbc You.”

29So He said to them, “I assure you: There is no one who has left a house, wife or brothers, parents or children because of the kingdom of God, 30who will not receive many times more at this time,bd and eternal life in the age to come.”

The Third Prediction of His Death

31Thenbe He took the Twelve aside and told them, “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem.bf Everything that is writtenbg through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.bh 32For He will be handed over to the Gentiles,bi and He will be mocked,bj insulted, spitbk on; 33and after they flog Him, they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”bl

34They understood none of these things.bm This sayingbn, bo was hiddenbp from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

A Blind Man Receives His Sight

35Asbq He drew near Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36Hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this meant. 37Jesus the Nazarenebr is passing by,” they told him.

38So he called out,bsJesus, Son of David,bt have mercybu on me! ” 39Then those in front told him to keep quiet,bv but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! ”

40Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him. When he drew near, He asked him, 41“What do you want Me to do for you? ”

Lord,” he said, “I want to see! ”

42“Receive your sight! ”bw Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.”bx,by 43Instantly he could see, and he began to follow Him, glorifying God.bz All the people,ca when they saw it, gave praise to God.


Footnotes:
a. 18:1 Lk 11:5-13; 21:36; 1Th 5:17
b. 18:1 2Co 4:1
c. 18:2 Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; Ac 10:2; Rv 14:7
d. 18:3 Lk 2:37; 4:26; 7:12; 21:2
e. 18:5 Lk 11:8
f. 18:5 Lit widow causes me trouble
g. 18:5 Or doesn’t give me a black eye, or doesn’t ruin my reputation
h. 18:7 Is 63:4; Rv 6:10
i. 18:7 Mt 24:22; Rm 8:33; 2Tm 2:10; Ti 1:1
j. 18:7 Ps 88:1
k. 18:7 2Pt 3:9
l. 18:7 Or Will He put up with them?
m. 18:8 Dn 7:13; Lk 9:26; 12:40
n. 18:8 Or faith, or that kind of faith, or any faith, or the faith, or faithfulness ; the faith that persists in prayer for God’s vindication
o. 18:9-14 Mt 18:4; 23:12; Lk 14:11
p. 18:9 Mt 5:20; 2Co 1:9
q. 18:9 Lk 16:15
r. 18:9 Lk 23:11; Ac 4:11; Rm 14:3,10
s. 18:10 1Kg 10:5; 2Kg 20:5,8; Ac 3:1
t. 18:11 Or Pharisee stood by himself
u. 18:11 Mt 6:5; Mk 11:25
v. 18:11 Or like the rest of men
w. 18:11 Mt 7:15; 1Co 5:10-11; 6:10
x. 18:11 Lk 16:10
y. 18:11 Ex 20:14; 1Co 6:9; Heb 13:4
z. 18:12 Lk 5:33-35; Ac 13:2-3
aa. 18:12 Or give tithes
ab. 18:12 Lk 11:42
ac. 18:13 Lk 17:12
ad. 18:13 Ezr 9:6
ae. 18:13 = mourning
af. 18:13 Lk 23:48
ag. 18:13 Lit God, be propitious to me ; = May Your wrath be turned aside by the sacrifice
ah. 18:13 Heb 2:17
ai. 18:13 1Tm 1:15
aj. 18:14 Lk 16:15; Php 3:8
ak. 18:14 Is 2:11; Lk 1:52; 3:5; 14:11
al. 18:15-17 Mt 18:3; 19:13-15; Mk 10:13-16
am. 18:16 Lk 14:26
an. 18:17 Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21
ao. 18:17 Lk 8:13
ap. 18:17 1Co 14:20; 1Pt 2:2
aq. 18:18-30 Mt 19:16-30; Mk 10:17-31; Lk 22:28-30
ar. 18:18 Lk 8:41; 12:58
as. 18:18 Lk 10:25; Jn 3:15
at. 18:20 Ex 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20
au. 18:20 Ex 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20
av. 18:22 Lk 12:33; 19:8; Ac 2:45; 4:34
aw. 18:22 Mt 6:19-20; Lk 5:11; 12:33
ax. 18:22 Lk 5:27
ay. 18:23 Mt 26:38; Mk 6:26; 14:34
az. 18:24 Other mss omit he became sad
ba. 18:26 Lk 18:42; Eph 2:8
bb. 18:27 Gn 18:14; Jb 42:2; Jr 32:17; Zch 8:6; Lk 1:37; Rm 4:21; 11:22
bc. 18:28 Lk 5:11; Jn 8:12
bd. 18:30 Jb 42:10; Mt 6:33; Lk 21:8
be. 18:31-34 Mt 20:17-19; Mk 10:32-34
bf. 18:31 Lk 9:51
bg. 18:31 Ps 22; Is 52:13–53:12; Mt 1:22; 26:24
bh. 18:31 Lk 22:37; Jn 19:28
bi. 18:32 Mt 27:2; Jn 18:30-31; Ac 3:13
bj. 18:32 Mt 27:26-31
bk. 18:32 Mt 26:67; Mk 14:65; 15:19
bl. 18:33 Mt 16:21; Lk 9:22
bm. 18:34 Mk 9:32; Lk 2:50; 9:45
bn. 18:34 The meaning of the saying
bo. 18:34 Lk 1:29
bp. 18:34 Lk 24:16
bq. 18:35-43 Mt 20:29-34; Mk 10:46-52
br. 18:37 Mt 2:23; Jn 18:5; 19:19; Ac 2:22
bs. 18:38 Lk 18:7
bt. 18:38 Mt 1:1; 9:27; Lk 1:32; Rm 1:3
bu. 18:38 Lk 16:24
bv. 18:39 Or those in front rebuked him
bw. 18:42 Lk 7:22; Jn 9:11; Ac 9:12
bx. 18:42 Or has saved you
by. 18:42 Mt 9:22; Lk 5:20; 7:50; 8:48; 17:19; 18:26
bz. 18:43 Lk 7:16; 13:13
ca. 18:43 Lk 2:10
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