Luke 18



1 And He spoke also a parable to them, to the end that men ought always to pray, and not be·​·weary,

2 saying, There was a certain judge in a certain city, who feared not God, and had· no ·respect·​·for man.

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, Avenge me of my adversary.

4 And he was not willing for a time; but afterwards he said in himself, Though I fear not God, and have· no ·respect·​·for man,

5 yet since this widow makes labor for me, I will avenge her, lest in the end by coming she wear· me ·down.

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says.

7 And shall not God do vengeance for His chosen, who cry day and night to Him, and He bear·​·long* with them?

8 I say to you that He will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?

9 And He said also this parable to certain who trusted in themselves that they were just, and made the rest as nothing.

10 Two men went·​·up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the·​·other a publican.

11 The Pharisee standing to himself, prayed these·​·things: God, I thank Thee that I am not as the rest of men—rapacious, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week; I give·​·tithes·​·of all things, as·​·many·​·as I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar·​·off, was not willing to lift·​·up even his eyes to heaven, but struck on his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

14 I say to·​·you, This man came·​·down justified into his house, than the·​·other*; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

15 And they brought· also ·to Him babes, that He should touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

16 But Jesus called· them ·to Him, and said, Let the little·​·children come to Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.

17 Amen I say to you, Whoever shall not accept the kingdom of God as a little·​·child shall not enter into it.

18 And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19 But Jesus said to him, Why callest thou Me good? None is good except one, God.

20 Thou knowest the commandments: Thou shalt not commit·​·adultery, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear·​·false·​·witness, honor thy father and thy mother.*

21 And he said, All these have I kept* from my youth.

22 And when Jesus heard these·​·things, He said to him, Yet one thing is·​·left for thee to do: sell all, as·​·much·​·as thou hast, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.

23 But on hearing these·​·things he became very·​·sorrowful, for he was exceedingly rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he had become very·​·sorrowful, He said, How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter into the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

26 And they who heard it said, Who then can be saved?

27 And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

28 And Peter said, Behold, we have left all things, and have followed Thee.

29 And He said to them, Amen I say to·​·you, There is no·​·one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

30 who shall not receive many·​·times·​·more in this time, and in the age to come, eternal life.

31 And taking the twelve, He said to them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and all things must be finished which are written by the prophets respecting the Son of Man.

32 For He shall be delivered·​·up to the nations, and shall be mocked, and insulted, and spit·​·upon,

33 and they shall scourge Him, and shall kill Him; and the third day He shall rise·​·again.

34 And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hidden from them, and they knew not the things that were said.

35 And it came·​·to·​·pass as He drew·​·near to Jericho, a certain blind man sat along the way begging.

36 And hearing the crowd go·​·through, he inquired what it meant.

37 And they reported to him, Jesus of·​·Nazareth passes·​·by.

38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

39 And they who went·​·before rebuked him, that he should be·​·silent; but he cried·​·out much more: Son of David, have·​·mercy on me!

40 And Jesus standing, ordered him to be brought to Him; and when he was·​·near, He questioned him,

41 saying, What willest thou that I shall do to thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive· my ·sight.

42 And Jesus said to him, Receive· thy ·sight; thy faith has saved thee.

43 And immediately he received· his ·sight; and he followed Him, glorifying God; and all the people when they saw it gave praise to God.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.