Then Yeshua told them a parable to show that they should always pray and not be discouraged,
He said, “There was a judge in a certain city who neither feared God nor respected people.
And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’
“He was unwilling at the time. But afterward he said to himself, ‘Although I don’t fear God or respect people,
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice so she won’t wear me out by her incessant coming.’”
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge is saying.
Won’t God do justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He be slow to help them?
I tell you, He will quickly give them justice. But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Then Yeshua spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, while holding others in contempt.
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘O God, I thank You that I am not like other people—thieving, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week and tithe on all that I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, wouldn’t even lift his eyes toward heaven, but beat his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’
I tell you, this man, rather than the other, went down to his home declared righteous. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”