1And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth [us] always to pray, and not to faint,
2saying, `A certain judge was in a certain city--God he is not fearing, and man he is not regarding--
3and a widow was in that city, and she was coming unto him, saying, Do me justice on my opponent,
4and he would not for a time, but after these things he said in himself, Even if God I do not fear, and man do not regard,
5yet because this widow doth give me trouble, I will do her justice, lest, perpetually coming, she may plague me.'
6And the Lord said, `Hear ye what the unrighteous judge saith:
7and shall not God execute the justice to His choice ones, who are crying unto Him day and night--bearing long in regard to them?
8I say to you, that He will execute the justice to them quickly; but the Son of Man having come, shall he find the faith upon the earth?'
9And he spake also unto certain who have been trusting in themselves that they were righteous, and have been despising the rest, this simile:
10`Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a taxgatherer;
11the Pharisee having stood by himself, thus prayed: God, I thank Thee that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax-gatherer;
12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all things--as many as I possess.
13`And the tax-gatherer, having stood afar off, would not even the eyes lift up to the heaven, but was smiting on his breast, saying, God be propitious to me--the sinner!
14I say to you, this one went down declared righteous, to his house, rather than that one: for every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.'
15And they were bringing near also the babes, that he may touch them, and the disciples having seen did rebuke them,
16and Jesus having called them near, said, `Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the reign of God;
17verily I say to you, Whoever may not receive the reign of God as a little child, may not enter into it.'
18And a certain ruler questioned him, saying, `Good teacher, what having done--shall I inherit life age-during?'
19And Jesus said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one [is] good, except One-- God;
20the commands thou hast known: Thou mayest not commit adultery, Thou mayest do no murder, Thou mayest not steal, Thou mayest not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.'
21And he said, `All these I did keep from my youth;'
22and having heard these things, Jesus said to him, `Yet one thing to thee is lacking; all things--as many as thou hast--sell, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, be following me;'
23and he, having heard these things, became very sorrowful, for he was exceeding rich.
24And Jesus having seen him become very sorrowful, said, `How hardly shall those having riches enter into the reign of God!
25for it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle to enter, than for a rich man into the reign of God to enter.'
26And those who heard, said, `And who is able to be saved?'
27and he said, `The things impossible with men are possible with God.'
28And Peter said, `Lo, we left all, and did follow thee;'
29and he said to them, `Verily I say to you, that there is not one who left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children, for the sake of the reign of God,
30who may not receive back manifold more in this time, and in the coming age, life ageduring.'
31And having taken the twelve aside, he said unto them, `Lo, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be completed--that have been written through the prophets--to the Son of Man,
32for he shall be delivered up to the nations, and shall be mocked, and insulted, and spit upon,
33and having scourged they shall put him to death, and on the third day he shall rise again.'
34And they none of these things understood, and this saying was hid from them, and they were not knowing the things said.
35And it came to pass, in his coming nigh to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting beside the way begging,
36and having heard a multitude going by, he was inquiring what this may be,
37and they brought him word that Jesus the Nazarene doth pass by,
38and he cried out, saying, `Jesus, Son of David, deal kindly with me;'
39and those going before were rebuking him, that he might be silent, but he was much more crying out, `Son of David, deal kindly with me.'
40And Jesus having stood, commanded him to be brought unto him, and he having come nigh, he questioned him,
41saying, `What wilt thou I shall do to thee?' and he said, `Sir, that I may receive sight.'
42And Jesus said to him, `Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee;'
43and presently he did receive sight, and was following him, glorifying God; and all the people, having seen, did give praise to God.