Luke 18:7
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New International Version
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

New Living Translation
Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

English Standard Version
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?

Berean Study Bible
Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help?

Berean Literal Bible
And shall not God execute the avenging of His elect, the ones crying out to Him day and night, and be deferring in regard to them?

New American Standard Bible
now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?

King James Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them?

International Standard Version
Won't God grant his chosen people justice when they cry out to him day and night? Is he slow to help them?

NET Bible
Won't God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them?

New Heart English Bible
Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Shall not God all the more perform vindication for his Elect, who cry to him by day and by night, and he delays his Spirit concerning them?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Won't God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him for help day and night? Is he slow to help them?

New American Standard 1977
now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And shall not God avenge his own elect who cry day and night unto him though he bears long regarding them?

King James 2000 Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night unto him, though he bears long with them?

American King James Version
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them?

American Standard Version
And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And will not God revenge his elect who cry to him day and night: and will he have patience in their regard?

Darby Bible Translation
And shall not God at all avenge his elect, who cry to him day and night, and he bears long as to them?

English Revised Version
And shall not God avenge his elect, which cry to him day and night, and he is longsuffering over them?

Webster's Bible Translation
And will not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night to him, though he beareth long with them?

Weymouth New Testament
And will not God avenge the wrongs of His own People who cry aloud to Him day and night, although He seems slow in taking action on their behalf?

World English Bible
Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Young's Literal Translation
and shall not God execute the justice to His choice ones, who are crying unto Him day and night -- bearing long in regard to them?
Study Bible
The Persistent Widow
6And the Lord said, “Listen to the words of the unjust judge. 7Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help? 8I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”…
Cross References
Exodus 22:23
"If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;

Psalm 88:1
A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.

Isaiah 40:27
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God "?

Matthew 24:22
If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

Matthew 24:24
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

Luke 11:13
So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

Luke 21:28
When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Romans 8:33
Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

2 Timothy 2:10
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
Treasury of Scripture

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them?

shall.

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

avenge.

1 Samuel 24:12-15 The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: …

1 Samuel 26:10,11 David said furthermore, As the LORD lives, the LORD shall smite him; …

Psalm 9:8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister …

Psalm 10:15-18 Break you the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness …

Psalm 54:1-7 Save me, O God, by your name, and judge me by your strength…

Jeremiah 20:11-13 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors …

2 Thessalonians 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

which.

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and …

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

though.

Psalm 13:1,2 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Hebrews 10:35-37 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward…

(7) And shall not God avenge his own elect?--There is at first something which jars on us in this choice of an extreme instance of human unrighteousness as a parable from which we are to learn the nature and the power of prayer. It is not as it was with the Unjust Steward, for there, according to the true interpretation of the parable, the unrighteous man stood for those who were relatively, at least, themselves unrighteous. It is a partial explanation that our Lord presses home upon the disciples an a fortiori argument. If reiterated entreaties prevail with men, whose character and wills are set against them, how much more with God, in whom character and will anticipate the prayer? Even so, however, we have the difficulty that the idea of prayer as prevailing, at last, through manifold repetitions, seems at variance with the teaching that condemns vain repetitions, on the ground that our Father knows our necessities before we ask Him. (See Note on Matthew 6:7.) May we not think that here, as elsewhere, there is an intentional assumption by our Lord of a stand-point which was not His own, but that of those whom He sought to teach? Even His disciples were thinking of God, not as their Father, who loved them, but as a far-off King, who needed to be roused to action. They called on Him in their afflictions and persecutions, and their soul fainted within them, and they became weary of their prayers. Might not the parable be meant (1) to teach such as these that from their own point of view their wisdom was to persevere in prayer, and (2) to lead them to reconsider the ground from which they had started? And the one result would in such a case lead on almost necessarily to the other. Prayer hag a marvellous self-purifying power, and the imperfect thoughts of God in which it may have had its beginning become clearer as it continues. It is one of the ever-recurring paradoxes of the spiritual life, that when we are most importunate we feel most strongly how little importunity is needed.

Avenge his own elect.--Literally, work out His vengeance for, the Greek noun having the article. The "vengeance" is not, however, that of retaliation such as human passions seek for, but primarily the "vindication" of God's elect, the assertion of their rights, and includes retribution upon others only so far as it is involved in this. (Comp. the use of the word in Romans 12:19; 2Corinthians 7:11; Hebrews 10:30.) This is the first occurrence of the word "elect" in St. Luke's Gospel, but it begins to be prominent about this time in our Lord's teaching. (See Notes on Matthew 20:16; Matthew 24:22.) The "elect" are the disciples who being "called" obey the "call" (Romans 8:30). The further question, What leads them to obey? is not here in view.

Which cry day and night unto him.--The words look to the coming trials and afflictions of the elect, which as yet the disciples knew not, or knew only in part. To see the world against them, and its rulers crushing them, to fight against overwhelming odds, this would tempt them to think that God was not with them, that He had deceived them. (Comp. the language of Jeremiah 20:7.) In the prayer of the souls beneath the altar (Revelation 6:10), we have an echo of the question. In St. Peter's insistence on the "long-suffering" of God (2Peter 3:9), we have a proof that he had learnt the answer.

Though he bear long with them.--Literally, bearing long with them. The better MSS. give "and bear long with them." The English, which suggests the thought that God bears with, i.e., tolerates, His elect, is misleading. What is meant is, that He shows Himself slow to anger "over them," i.e., where they are concerned. They implore that "long-suffering" for themselves. They are tempted to murmur when it is extended to others.

Verse 7. - And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him? The Master tells us that God permits suffering among his servants, long after they have begun to pray for deliverance. But we are counselled here to cry day and night unto him, and, though there be no signor reply, our prayers shall be treasured up before him, and in his own good time they will be answered. Though he bear long with them. With whom does God bear long? With the wrong-doers, whose works and words oppress and make life heavy and grievous to the servants of God; with these who have no claim to consideration will God bear long. And this announcement gives us some clue to the meaning of the delay we often experience before we get an answer to many of our prayers. The prayer is heard, but God, in the exercise of mercy and forbearance, has dealings with the oppressors. It were easy for the Almighty to grant an immediate answer, but only at the cost often of visiting some of the oppressors with immediate punishment, and this is not his way of working. God bears long before his judgments swift and terrible are sent forth. This has ever been his way of working with individuals as with nations. Was it not thus, for instance, that he acted towards Egypt and her Pharaohs during the long period of the bitter Hebrew bondage? We who would he God's servants must be content to wait God's time, and, while waiting, patiently go on pleading, sure that in the end "God will avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him." And shall not God avenge his own elect,.... Who are a select number, a special people, whom he has loved with an everlasting love, so as of his own sovereign good will and pleasure to choose in his Son Jesus Christ unto everlasting life and salvation, through certain ways and means of his own appointing, hence they are peculiarly his: and these he will avenge and vindicate, right their wrongs, do them justice, and deliver them from their adversaries, and take vengeance on them; as may be concluded from his hatred of sin, his justice, and his holiness, from his promises, and from his power, and from the efficacy of prayer, and the regard he has to it: for it follows,

which cry unto him day and night; whose prayers he always hears; whose tears he puts up in his bottle; and whose importunity must surely be thought to have more regard with him, than that of the poor widow with the unjust judge:

though he bear long with them? either with their adversaries, their oppressors, and persecutors, who are vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction, whom he endures with much longsuffering, till the sufferings of his people are accomplished, and the iniquities of these men are full; or rather with the elect, for the words may be rendered, "and is longsuffering towards them": delays his coming, and the execution of vengeance, as on the Jewish nation, so upon the whole world of the ungodly, till his elect are gathered in from among them; see 2 Peter 3:9. 7. shall not God—not unjust, but the infinitely righteous Judge.

avenge—redeem from oppression.

his own elect—not like this widow, the object of indifference and contempt, but dear to Him as the apple of the eye (Zec 2:8).

cry day and night—whose every cry enters into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth (Jas 5:4), and how much more their incessant and persevering cries!

bear long with them—rather, "in their case," or "on their account" (as) Jas 5:7, "for it"), [Grotius, De Wette, etc.].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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