Luke 18:1
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;

Christian Standard Bible
Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told his disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up:

Good News Translation
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged.

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
But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 62:7
nor give Him any rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of 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 unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; …

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Genesis 32:9-12,24-26
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: …

and not.

Psalm 27:13
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Jonah 2:7
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.







Lexicon
Then
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[Jesus] told
Ἔλεγεν (Elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

a parable
παραβολὴν (parabolēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3850: From paraballo; a similitude, i.e. fictitious narrative, apothegm or adage.

about
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

their
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

need
δεῖν (dein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

to pray
προσεύχεσθαι (proseuchesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

at all times
πάντοτε (pantote)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3842: Always, at all times, ever. From pas and hote; every when, i.e. At all times.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

lose heart:
ἐνκακεῖν (enkakein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1573: To be faint, be weary. From ek and kakos; to be weak, i.e. to fail.
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). 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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