Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)

He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. (Luke 18:2)

And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' (Luke 18:3)

"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, (Luke 18:4)

yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'" (Luke 18:5)

And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. (Luke 18:6)

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? (Luke 18:7)

I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: (Luke 18:9)

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (Luke 18:10)

The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector. (Luke 18:11)

I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' (Luke 18:12)

"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' (Luke 18:13)

"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:14)

People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (Luke 18:15)

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16)

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Luke 18:17)

A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 18:18)

"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good - except God alone. (Luke 18:19)

You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' " (Luke 18:20)

"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. (Luke 18:21)

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Luke 18:22)

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. (Luke 18:23)

Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! (Luke 18:24)

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:25)

Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" (Luke 18:26)

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." (Luke 18:27)

Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!" (Luke 18:28)

"I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God (Luke 18:29)

will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." (Luke 18:30)

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. (Luke 18:31)

He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. (Luke 18:32)

On the third day he will rise again." (Luke 18:33)

The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. (Luke 18:34)

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. (Luke 18:35)

When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. (Luke 18:36)

They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." (Luke 18:37)

He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18:38)

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Luke 18:39)

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, (Luke 18:40)

"What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied. (Luke 18:41)

Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." (Luke 18:42)

Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. (Luke 18:43)

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