Luke 18
Berean Literal Bible

The Persistent Widow

1And He was speaking to them a parable about the way it behooves them always to pray and not to lose heart, 2saying, “In a certain city, there was a certain judge, not fearing God, and not respecting man. 3And there was a widow in that city, and she was coming to him, saying, ‘Avenge me of my adversary.’

4And for a time he would not, but afterward he said within himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God, nor respect man, 5yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, so that in the end she does not exhaust me, coming to me.’”

6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7And 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? 8I say to you that He will execute their avenging in quickness. Nevertheless, the Son of Man having come, will He find faith on the earth?”

The Pharisee and Tax Collector

9And He also spoke this parable to some trusting in themselves that they are righteous, and despising others: 10“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee having stood, was praying toward himself thus: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of the men—swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice in the week; I tithe all things, as many as I gain.’

13But the tax collector, standing afar off, was not even willing to lift up the eyes to heaven, but was striking his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14I say to you, this one went down to his house justified, rather than that. For everyone exalting himself will be humbled; but the one humbling himself will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses the Children
(Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16)

15And they were bringing the infants also to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples having seen, were rebuking them.

16But Jesus, having called them to Him, said, “Permit the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of the such is the kingdom of God. 17Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not at all enter into it.”

The Rich Young Ruler
(Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31)

18And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, having done what, will I inherit eternal life?”

19And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good, except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall honor your father and mother.’a

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

22And having heard, Jesus said to him, “To you, yet one thing is lacking: Sell all, as much as you have, and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in the heavens; and come, follow Me.”

23And having heard these things, he became very sorrowful; for he was extremely rich.

24And having seen him, Jesus became sorrowful, saying, “How difficultly those having riches shall enter into the kingdom of God. 25For it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle, than a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

26And those having heard said, “Then who is able to be saved?”

27But He said, “The things impossible with men are possible with God.”

28And Peter said, “Behold, we having left the own, followed You.”

29And He said to them, “Truly I say to you that there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30who shall not receive manifold more in this time—and in the age that is coming, eternal life.”

The Third Prediction of the Passion
(Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34)

31And having taken aside the Twelve, He said to them, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things having been written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32For He will be betrayed to the Gentiles and will be mocked and will be insulted and will be spit upon. 33And having flogged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise again.”

34And they understood none of these things, and this word was hidden from them, and they did not know the things being spoken.

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
(Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52)

35And it came to pass in His drawing near to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the road, begging. 36And having heard a crowd passing along, he was asking what this might be.

37And they told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

38And he called out saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39And those going before were rebuking him, that he should be silent. But he kept crying out much more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”

40And Jesus, having stopped, commanded him to be brought to Him. And of him having drawn near, He asked him, 41“What do you desire I shall do to you?”

And he said, “Lord, that I might receive sight.”

42And Jesus said to him, “Receive sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43And immediately he received sight and began following Him, glorifying God. And all the people having seen it gave praise to God.

a 20 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20

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