Luke 18:1-14 ERV

1Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. He used this story to teach them: 2“Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. He also did not care what people thought about him. 3In that same town there was a woman whose husband had died. She came many times to this judge and said, ‘There is a man who is doing bad things to me. Give me my rights!’ 4But the judge did not want to help the woman. After a long time, the judge thought to himself, ‘I don’t care about God. And I don’t care about what people think. 5But this woman is bothering me. If I give her what she wants, then she will leave me alone. But if I don’t give her what she wants, she will bother me until I am sick.’” 6The Lord said, “Listen, there is meaning in what the bad judge said. 7God’s people shout to him night and day, and he will always give them what is right. He will not be slow to answer them. 8I tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find people on earth who believe in him?” 9There were some people who thought they were very good and looked down on everyone else. Jesus used this story to teach them: 10“One time there was a Pharisee and a tax collector. One day they both went to the Temple to pray. 11The Pharisee stood alone, away from the tax collector. When the Pharisee prayed, he said, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people. I am not like men who steal, cheat, or commit adultery. I thank you that I am better than this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of everything I get!’ 13“The tax collector stood alone too. But when he prayed, he would not even look up to heaven. He felt very humble before God. He said, ‘O God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner!’ 14I tell you, when this man finished his prayer and went home, he was right with God. But the Pharisee, who felt that he was better than others, was not right with God. People who make themselves important will be made humble. But those who make themselves humble will be made important.”