NASB — Luke 18 — KJV

Parables on Prayer

1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they aought to pray and not to blose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not arespect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘IGive me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor arespect man, 5 yet abecause this widow bothers me, I will Igive her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will IIbwear me out.’” 6 And athe Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God abring about justice for His belect who cry to Him day and night, Iand will He cdelay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, awill He find Ifaith on the earth?”

[1] aLk 11:5-10 b2Co 4:1
[2] aLk 18:4; 20:13; He 12:9
[3] ILit Do me justice
[4] aLk 18:2; 20:13; He 12:9
[5] ILit do her justice IILit hit me under the eye aLk 11:8 b1Co 9:27
[6] aLk 7:13
[7] IOr and yet He is very patient toward them aRv 6:10 bMt 24:22; Ro 8:33; Col 3:12; 2Ti 2:10; Tit 1:1 c2P 3:9
[8] ILit the faith aLk 17:26ff

The Pharisee and the Publican

9 ¶ And He also told this parable to some people who atrusted in themselves that they were righteous, and bviewed others with contempt: 10 “Two men awent up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee astood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I afast twice a week; I bpay tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, astanding some distance away, bwas even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but cwas beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be Imerciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; afor everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

[9] aLk 16:15 bRo 14:3, 10
[10] a1K 10:5; 2K 20:5, 8; Ac 3:1
[11] aMt 6:5; Mk 11:25; Lk 22:41
[12] aMt 9:14 bLk 11:42
[13] IOr propitious aMt 6:5; Mk 11:25; Lk 22:41 bEzr 9:6 cLk 23:48
[14] aMt 23:12; Lk 14:11

15aAnd they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they [began] rebuking them. 16 But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, awhoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it [at all].”

[15] aLk 18:15-17: Mt 19:13-15; Mk 10:13-16
[17] aMt 18:3; 19:14; Mk 10:15; 1Co 14:20; 1P 2:2

The Rich Young Ruler

18aA ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments, ‘aDO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” 21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from [my] youth.” 22 When Jesus heard [this], He said to him, “One thing you still lack; asell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have btreasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 And Jesus looked at him and said, aHow hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For ait is easier for a camel to Igo through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But He said, aThe things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

[18] aLk 18:18-30: Mt 19:16-29; Mk 10:17-30; Lk 10:25-28
[20] aEx 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20
[22] aMt 19:21; Lk 12:33 bMt 6:20
[24] aMt 19:23; Mk 10:23f
[25] ILit enter aMt 19:24; Mk 10:25
[27] aMt 19:26

28 ¶ Peter said, “Behold, awe have left Iour own [homes] and followed You.” 29 And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, athere is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in athe age to come, eternal life.”

[28] ILit our own things aLk 5:11
[29] aMt 6:33; 19:29; Mk 10:29f
[30] aMt 12:32

31aThen He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, bwe are going up to Jerusalem, and call things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 aFor He will be Ihanded over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” 34 But athe disciples understood none of these things, and [the meaning of] this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

[31] aLk 18:31-33: Mt 20:17-19; Mk 10:32-34 bLk 9:51 cPs 22; Is 53
[32] IOr betrayed aMt 16:21
[34] aMk 9:32; Lk 9:45

Bartimaeus Receives Sight

35aAs IbJesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he [began] to inquire what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, aSon of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “aSon of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, [I want] to regain my sight!” 42 And Jesus said to him, IReceive your sight; ayour faith has IImade you well.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and [began] following Him, aglorifying God; and when ball the people saw it, they gave praise to God.

[35] ILit He aLk 18:35-43: Mt 20:29-34; Mk 10:46-52 bMt 20:29; Mk 10:46; Lk 19:1
[38] aMt 9:27; Lk 18:39
[39] aLk 18:38
[42] ILit Regain your sight IILit saved you aMt 9:22
[43] aMt 9:8 bLk 9:43; 13:17; 19:37


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1 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

[1] Gn 32:9, 24; Jb 27:8; Ps 27:13; 55:16; 65:2; 86:3; 102:17; 142:5; Jr 29:12; Jna 2:7; Lk 11:5; 21:36; Ro 12:12; Ga 6:9; Ep 6:18; Php 4:6; Col 4:2, 12; 1Th 5:17; He 12:3.
[2] Ex 18:21; 2Ch 19:3; Jb 29:7; Ps 8:1; Pv 29:7; Is 33:8; Jr 22:16; Ezk 22:6; Mi 3:1; Lk 18:4; Ro 3:14.

Of the importunate widow.

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

[3] Dt 27:19; 2S 14:5; Jb 22:9; 29:13; Is 1:17, 21; Jr 5:28; Lk 18:7; Ro 13:3.
[4] Lk 12:17; 16:3; He 4:12.
[5] Jg 16:16; 2S 13:24; Mt 15:23; Mk 10:47; Lk 11:8; 18:39.
[7] 1S 24:12; 26:10; Ps 9:8; 10:15; 13:1; 54:1; 88:1; Jr 20:11; Hab 2:3; Mt 7:11; Lk 2:37; 11:13; 1Th 3:10; 2Th 1:6; 1Ti 5:5; 2Ti 1:3; He 10:35; Rv 6:10; 7:15; 18:20.
[8] Ps 46:5; 143:7; Mt 24:9, 24; 1Th 5:1; He 10:23; Jm 5:1; 2P 2:3; 3:8.

Of the Pharisee and the publican.

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

[9] Pv 30:12; Is 65:5; 66:5; Lk 7:39; 10:29; 15:2, 29, 30; 16:15; 18:11; 19:7; Jn 7:47; 8:48; 9:28, 34; Ac 22:21; Ro 7:9; 9:31; 10:3; 14:10; Php 3:4.
[10] 1K 8:30; Mt 21:31; Lk 1:9; 7:29; 19:46; Ac 3:1; 23:6; 26:5; Php 3:5.
[11] Ps 134:1; 135:2; Is 1:15; 58:2; 65:5; Jr 2:28, 35; Ezk 33:31; Mi 3:11; Mt 3:7; 6:5; 19:18; Mk 11:25; Lk 20:47; 1Co 4:7; 15:9; Ga 3:10; Php 3:6; 1Ti 1:12; Jm 2:9; Rv 3:17.
[12] Lv 27:30; Nu 18:24; 23:4; 1S 15:13; 2K 10:16; Is 1:15; 58:2; Zc 7:5; Mal 3:8; Mt 6:1, 5, 16; 9:14; 15:7; 23:23; Lk 11:42; 17:10; Ro 3:27; 10:1; 1Co 1:29; Ga 1:14; Ep 2:9; 1Ti 4:8.
[13] 2Ch 33:12, 19, 23; Ezr 9:6; Jb 42:6; Ps 25:7, 11; 40:12; 41:4; 51:1; 86:15; 106:6; 119:41; 130:3, 7; Is 1:18; 6:5; 64:5; Jr 31:18; Ezk 16:63; Dn 9:5, 7, 9, 18; Mt 9:13; Lk 5:8; 7:6; 15:18; 17:12; 23:40, 48; Ac 2:37; Ro 5:8, 20; 2Co 7:11; 1Ti 1:15; He 4:16; 8:12; 1Jn 1:8.
[14] Ex 18:11; 1S 1:18; Jb 9:20; 22:29; 25:4; 40:9; Ps 138:6; 143:2; Pv 3:34; 15:33; 16:18; 18:12; 29:23; Ec 9:7; Is 2:11; 45:25; 53:11; 57:15; Dn 4:37; Hab 2:4; Mt 5:3; 23:12; Lk 1:52; 5:24; 7:47; 10:29; 14:11; 16:15; Ro 3:20; 4:5; 5:1; 8:33; Ga 2:16; Jm 2:21; 4:6, 10; 1P 5:5.

Children brought to Christ.

15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when [his] disciples saw [it], they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them [unto him], and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

[15] 1S 1:24; Mt 19:13; Mk 10:13; Lk 9:49, 54.
[16] Gn 21:4; 47:10; Dt 29:11; 31:12; 2Ch 20:13; Jr 32:39; Mt 18:3; Ac 2:39; 1Co 7:14; 14:20; 1P 2:2.
[17] Ps 131:1; Mk 10:15; 1P 1:14.

A ruler that would follow Christ, but is hindered by his riches.

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none [is] good, save one, [that is], God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they that heard [it] said, Who then can be saved? 27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

[18] Ezk 33:31; Mal 1:6; Mt 19:16; Mk 10:17; Lk 6:46; 10:25; Jn 13:13; Ac 2:37; 16:30.
[19] Jb 14:4; 15:14; 25:4; Lk 1:35; 11:13; 1Ti 3:16; He 7:26; Jm 1:17.
[20] Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16; Is 8:20; Mt 19:17; Mk 10:18; Lk 10:26; Ro 3:20; 7:7; 13:9; Ga 3:10; Ep 6:2; Col 3:20; Jm 2:8.
[21] Mt 19:20; Mk 10:20; Lk 15:7, 29; 18:11; Ro 10:2; Php 3:6.
[22] Ps 27:4; Mt 6:19; 19:21, 27; Lk 9:23, 57; 10:42; 12:33; 16:9; Ac 2:44; 4:34; Php 3:13; 1Ti 6:18; 2P 3:8.
[23] Jg 18:23; Jb 31:24; Ezk 33:31; Mt 19:22; Mk 10:22; Lk 8:14; 12:15; 19:8; 21:34; Ep 5:5; Php 3:8; Col 3:5; 1Jn 2:15.
[24] Dt 6:10; 8:11; Ps 10:3; 73:5; Pv 11:28; 18:11; 30:9; Jr 2:31; 5:5; Mt 19:23; Mk 6:26; 10:23; 1Co 1:26; 2Co 7:9; 1Ti 6:9; Jm 2:5; 5:1.
[25] Mt 23:24.
[26] Lk 13:23.
[27] Gn 18:14; Jb 42:2; Jr 32:17; Dn 4:35; Zc 8:6; Mt 19:26; Lk 1:37; Ep 1:19; 2:4.

The reward of them that leave all for his sake.

28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

[28] Mt 4:19; 9:9; 19:27; Mk 10:28; Lk 5:11; Php 3:7.
[29] Dt 33:9; Mt 10:37; 19:28; Mk 10:29; Lk 14:26.
[30] Jb 42:10; Ps 37:16; 63:4; 84:10; 119:72, 103, 111, 127, 162; Lk 12:31; Ro 6:21; 1Ti 4:8; 6:6; He 13:5; Rv 2:10, 17; 3:21.

He foresheweth his death,

31 ¶ Then he took [unto him] the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge [him], and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

[31] Ps 22:1; 69:1; Is 53:1; Dn 9:26; Zc 13:7; Mt 16:21; 17:22; 20:17; Mk 8:9, 30, 31; 10:32; Lk 9:22; 24:6, 44.
[32] Is 50:6; 52:14; 53:3; Mi 5:1; Mt 26:67; 27:2, 28; Mk 14:65; 15:1, 17; Lk 22:63; 23:1, 11, 35; Jn 18:22, 28, 30, 35; 19:1; Ac 3:13.
[33] Mt 27:63; Lk 24:7, 21; 1Co 15:3.
[34] Mk 9:32; Lk 2:50; 9:45; 24:25, 45; Jn 10:6; 12:16; 16:1.

and restoreth a blind man to his sight.

35 ¶ And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, [thou] Son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw [it], gave praise unto God.

[35] 1S 2:8; Mt 20:29; Mk 10:46; Lk 16:20; Jn 9:8; Ac 3:2.
[36] Mt 21:10; Lk 15:26.
[37] Mt 2:23; Mk 2:1; Lk 2:51; Jn 1:45; 12:35; 19:19; Ac 2:22; 4:10; 2Co 6:2.
[38] Ps 62:12; Is 9:6; 11:1; Jr 23:5; Mt 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 21:9, 15; 22:42; Ro 1:3; Rv 22:16.
[39] Gn 32:26; Ps 141:1; Jr 29:12; Mt 7:7; 26:40; Lk 8:49; 11:8, 52; 18:1, 15; 19:39; 2Co 12:8.
[40] Mt 20:31; Mk 10:48.
[41] 1K 3:5; Mt 20:21; Ro 8:25; Php 4:6.
[42] Ps 33:9; 107:20; Mt 8:3; 15:28; Lk 7:50; 8:48; 17:19.
[43] Ps 30:2; 103:1; 107:8, 15, 21, 31; 146:8; Is 29:18; 35:5; 42:16; 43:7, 8, 21; Mt 9:28; 11:5; 21:14; Lk 4:39; 5:26; 17:15; Jn 9:5, 39; Ac 4:21; 11:18; 26:18; Ga 1:24; 2Th 1:10; 1P 2:9.


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