Luke 18:1-14 NKJV

1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men #Luke 11:5–10; Rom. 12:12; (Eph. 6:18); Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5#Luke 11:8yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” 6Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7And #Rev. 6:10shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8I tell you #Heb. 10:37; (2 Pet. 3:8, 9)that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” 9Also He spoke this parable to some #Prov. 30:12; Luke 10:29; 16:15who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee #Ps. 135:2stood and prayed thus with himself, #Is. 1:15; 58:2; Rev. 3:17‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; #Job 22:29; Matt. 23:12; Luke 14:11; (James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5)for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”