Luke 18:1
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New International Version
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

New Living Translation
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

English Standard Version
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart:

Berean Literal Bible
And He was speaking to them a parable about the way it behooves them always to pray and not to lose heart,

New American Standard Bible
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,

King James Bible
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged:

International Standard Version
Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.

NET Bible
Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart.

New Heart English Bible
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He told them also a parable that they should pray at all times and they should not grow weary:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up.

New American Standard 1977
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that it behooves us always to pray and not faint,

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

American King James Version
And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

American Standard Version
And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND he spoke also a parable to them, that we ought always to pray, and not to faint,

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke also a parable to them to the purport that they should always pray and not faint,

English Revised Version
And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Weymouth New Testament
He also taught them by a parable that they must always pray and never lose heart.

World English Bible
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Young's Literal Translation
And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth us always to pray, and not to faint,
Study Bible
The Persistent Widow
1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart: 2“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men.…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Isaiah 62:7
And give Him no rest until He establishes And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Luke 11:5
Then Jesus said to them, "Suppose one of you goes to his friend at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,

Luke 11:8
I tell you, even though he will not get up to provide for him because of his friendship, yet because of the man's persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

that.

Luke 11:5-8 And he said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Genesis 32:9-12,24-26 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father …

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me…

Psalm 65:2 O you that hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.

Psalm 86:3 Be merciful to me, O Lord: for I cry to you daily.

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Psalm 142:5-7 I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion …

Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 4:2,12 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving…

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

and not.

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer …

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

Hebrews 12:3-5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

XVIII.

(1) That men ought always to pray, and not to faint.--The latter of the two verbs is noticeable as being used in the New Testament by St. Luke and St. Paul only (2Corinthians 4:1; 2Corinthians 4:16; Galatians 6:9; 2Thessalonians 3:13). The whole verse is remarkable as being one of the few instances (Luke 18:9 being another) in which a parable is introduced by a distinct statement as to its drift and aim.

Verses 1-14. - The Lord speaks the two parables on prayer - the importunate widow, and the Pharisee and publican. Verse 1. - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. The formnla ἕλεγε δὲ καί, literally, "and he spake also," calls attention to the fact that the parable-teaching immediately to follow was a continuation of what had preceded. Indeed, the connection between the first of the two parables, which urges restless continued prayer, and the picture which the Lord had just drawn of men's state of utter forgetfulness of God, is obvious. "The Son of man has been rejected; he has gone from view; the masses are plunged in gross worldliness; men of God are become as rare as, in the days of Abraham, they were in Sodom. What, then, is the position of the Church? That of a widow whose only weapon is incessant prayer. It is only by means of this intense concentration that faith will be preserved. But such is precisely the disposition which Jesus fears may not be found even in the Church at his return" (Godet). And he spoke a parable unto them,.... To his own disciples, as the Ethiopic version reads, in order to encourage them to prayer, with perseverance in it; since such sore times of trial and affliction were coming upon the Jews, of which he had spoken in the preceding chapter; and such times more especially call for prayer; see Psalm 50:15

to this end, that men ought always to pray. This is opposed to them, who pray not at all, or have left off prayer before God, or who pray only in distress; and suggests, that a man should pray as often as he has an opportunity; should be constant and assiduous at the throne of grace, and continue putting up his requests to God, though he does not presently return an answer:

and not to faint; by reason of afflictions, temptations, desertions, and delays in answering prayer; and prayer itself is an admirable antidote against fainting under afflictive providences: it is with the Jews an affirmative precept that a man should pray, , "every day" (k); it was usual with them to pray three times a day; see Psalm 55:17 there is no set time fixed by Christ; men should be always praying. This is not to be understood, that a man should be always actually engaged in the work of prayer; that he should be continually either in his closet, in private devotion to God, or attending exercises of more public prayer, with the saints; for there are other religious exercises to be performed, besides prayer; and besides, there are many civil affairs of life, it is every man's indispensable duty to regard: nor does our Lord mean in the least to break in upon, or interrupt the natural and civil duties of life; but his meaning is, that a man should persevere in prayer, and not leave off, or be dejected, because he has not an immediate answer; and this is clear from the following case.

(k) Maimon. Hilch. Tephilla, c. 1. sect. 1.CHAPTER 18

Lu 18:1-8. Parable of the Importunate Widow.

1-5. always—Compare Lu 18:7, "night and day."

faint—lose heart, or slacken.18:1-8 All God's people are praying people. Here earnest steadiness in prayer for spiritual mercies is taught. The widow's earnestness prevailed even with the unjust judge: she might fear lest it should set him more against her; but our earnest prayer is pleasing to our God. Even to the end there will still be ground for the same complaint of weakness of faith.
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