And He spoke a parable to them, that they should always pray and not lose heart,
saying, “In a certain city there was a certain judge, not fearing Elohim nor regarding man.
“And a widow was in that city, and she came to him, saying, ‘Do right to me on my adversary.’
And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, ‘Even if I do not fear Elohim nor regard man,”
yet because this widow troubles me I shall do right to her, lest by her continual coming she wears me out.’ ”
And the Master said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said.
“And shall Elohim not do right by all means to His own chosen ones who are crying out day and night to Him, and being patient over them?
“I say to you that He shall do right to them speedily. But when the Son of Aḏam comes, shall He find the belief on the earth?”
And He also spoke this parable to some who relied on themselves that they were righteous, and looking down on others:
“Two men went up to the Set-apart Place to pray – the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
“The Pharisee stood and began to pray with himself this way, ‘Elohim, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men, swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I acquire.’
“But the tax collector standing at a distance would not even raise his eyes to the heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘Elohim, show favour unto me, a sinner!’
“I say to you, this man went down to his house declared right, rather than the other. For everyone who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.”