Luke 18:1-14 LEB

1 And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged, 2saying, “There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people. 3And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary!’ 4And he was not willing for a time, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God or respect people, 5yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end by her#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“coming back”) which is understood as means coming back!’ ” 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying! 7And will not God surely see to it that justice is done#Literally “carry out the giving of justice” to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them? 8I tell you that he will see to it that justice is done#Literally “he will carry out the giving of justice” for them soon! Nevertheless, when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“comes”) which is understood as temporal the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?” 9And he also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on everyone else:#Literally “the rest” 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“stood”) has been translated as a finite verb prayed these things with reference to himself: ‘God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other people—swindlers, unrighteous people, adulterers, or even like this tax collector! 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far away, did not want even to raise his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than that one! For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”