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Luke 18:1
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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.(a)
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Luke 18:2
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He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.
Luke 18:3
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And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice(b) against my adversary.'
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Luke 18:4
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"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don't fear God or care what people think,
Luke 18:5
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yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!'"(c)
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Luke 18:6
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And the Lord(d) said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
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Luke 18:7
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And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out(e) to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
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Luke 18:8
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I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man(f) comes,(g) will he find faith on the earth?"
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Luke 18:9
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To some who were confident of their own righteousness(h) and looked down on everyone else,(i) Jesus told this parable:
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Luke 18:10
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"Two men went up to the temple to pray,(j) one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
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Luke 18:11
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The Pharisee stood by himself(k) and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
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Luke 18:12
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I fast(l) twice a week and give a tenth(m) of all I get.'
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Luke 18:13
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"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast(n) and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'(o)
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Luke 18:14
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"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."(p)
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Luke 18:15
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People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
Luke 18:16
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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 18:17
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Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child(r) will never enter it."
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