Luke 18:7
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?

Christian Standard Bible
Will not God grant justice to his elect who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay helping them?

Contemporary English Version
Won't God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won't he be concerned for them?

Good News Translation
Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help 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 do mistreat them, and they cry out to Me in distress, I will surely hear their cry.

Psalm 88:1
O LORD, the God of my salvation, day and night I cry out before You.

Isaiah 40:27
Why do you say, O Jacob, and why do you assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my claim is ignored by 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.

Titus 1:1
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in service of the faith of God's elect and of their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness,

1 Peter 1:1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the elect, exiles of the Dispersion throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

Revelation 6:10
And they cried out in a loud voice, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?"

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 ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:11
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

avenge.

1 Samuel 24:12-15
The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee…

1 Samuel 26:10,11
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish…

Psalm 9:8
And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

which.

Luke 2:37
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Psalm 88:1
A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

1 Thessalonians 3:10
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

though.

Psalm 13:1,2
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? …

Habakkuk 2:3
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

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







Lexicon
{Will} not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

bring about
ποιήσῃ (poiēsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

justice for
ἐκδίκησιν (ekdikēsin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1557: (a) a defense, avenging, vindication, vengeance, (b) full (complete) punishment. From ekdikeo; vindication, retribution.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
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.

elect
ἐκλεκτῶν (eklektōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1588: From eklegomai; select; by implication, favorite.

who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

cry out
βοώντων (boōntōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 994: To shout, call aloud, proclaim. Apparently a prolonged form of a primary verb; to halloo, i.e. Shout.

to Him
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
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.

day
ἡμέρας (hēmeras)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

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

night?
νυκτός (nyktos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3571: The night, night-time. A primary word; 'night'.

Will He continue to defer
μακροθυμεῖ (makrothymei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3114: From the same as makrothumos; to be long-spirited, i.e. forbearing or patient.

their help?
ἐπ’ (ep’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.
(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." 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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