Luke 18:4
New International Version
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,

New Living Translation
The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,

English Standard Version
For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,

Berean Study Bible
For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect men,

Berean Literal Bible
And for a time he would not, but afterward he said within himself, 'Even if I do not fear God, nor respect man,

King James Bible
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

New King James Version
And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,

New American Standard Bible
For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect any person,

NASB 1995
“For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,

NASB 1977
“And for a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,

Amplified Bible
For a time he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,

Christian Standard Bible
“For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect people,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, Even though I don’t fear God or respect man,

American Standard Version
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And he would not for long time, but after this, he said to himself, 'Although I do not worship God neither honor people'

Contemporary English Version
For a while the judge refused to do anything. Finally, he said to himself, "Even though I don't fear God or care about people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he would not for a long time. But afterwards he said within himself: Although I fear not God, nor regard man,

English Revised Version
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Good News Translation
For a long time the judge refused to act, but at last he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or respect people,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, 'This widow really annoys me. Although I don't fear God or respect people,

International Standard Version
For a while the judge refused. But later, he told himself, 'I don't fear God or respect people,

Literal Standard Version
and he would not for a time, but after these things he said in himself, Even if I do not fear God, and do not regard man,

NET Bible
For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people,

New Heart English Bible
He would not for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect people,

Weymouth New Testament
"For a time he would not, but afterwards he said to himself, "'Though I have neither reverence for God nor respect for man,

World English Bible
He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

Young's Literal Translation
and he would not for a time, but after these things he said in himself, Even if God I do not fear, and man do not regard,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Persistent Widow
3And there was a widow in that town who kept appealing to him, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect men, 5yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice. Then she will stop wearing me out with her perpetual requests.’ ”…

Cross References
Luke 18:2
"In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men.

Luke 18:3
And there was a widow in that town who kept appealing to him, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'

Luke 20:13
What shall I do?' asked the owner of the vineyard. 'I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.'

Hebrews 12:9
Furthermore, we have all had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Should we not much more submit to the Father of our spirits and live?


Treasury of Scripture

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

he said.

Luke 12:17
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Luke 16:3
Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

Hebrews 4:12,13
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart…









(4) He would not for a while.--The judge was callous and dead to pity, even for that extremest wretchedness. The pleadings of the widow were simply an annoyance, which at first he bore with indifference.

Though I fear not God, nor regard man.--Here, also, there is a graphic touch of intensity. The man had passed beyond the stage of hypocrisy, conscious or unconscious, and saw himself even as others, even as God, saw him.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

a while
χρόνον (chronon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5550: A space of time or interval; by extension, an individual opportunity; by implication, delay.

he refused,
ἤθελεν (ēthelen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

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

later
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

he
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

said
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

to
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

himself,
ἑαυτῷ (heautō)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

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

though
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

I do not fear
φοβοῦμαι (phoboumai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

God
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

respect
ἐντρέπομαι (entrepomai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1788: From en and the base of trope; to invert, i.e. in a good sense, to respect; or in a bad one, to confound.

men,
ἄνθρωπον (anthrōpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.


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