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.

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.

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Luke 18:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Parable of the Persistent Widow
1Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 62:7
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.

Luke 11:5
Then Jesus said to them, "Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;

Luke 11:8
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

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

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
Treasury of Scripture

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

that.

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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 …

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