Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 (A)On the way to Jerusalem (B)he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,[a] (C)who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and (D)show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, (E)praising God with a loud voice; 16 and (F)he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was (G)a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not (H)ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and (I)give praise to God except this (J)foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; (K)your faith has (L)made you well.”[b]

The Coming of the Kingdom

20 Being asked by the Pharisees (M)when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God (N)is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor (O)will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”[c]

22 And he said to the disciples, (P)“The days are coming when you will desire (Q)to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 (R)And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 (S)For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be (T)in his day.[d] 25 But first (U)he must suffer many things and (V)be rejected by this generation. 26 (W)Just as it was in the days of (X)Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 (Y)They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of (Z)Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 (AA)but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be (AB)on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, (AC)let the one who is on (AD)the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 (AE)Remember Lot's wife. 33 (AF)Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will (AG)keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 (AH)There will be two women (AI)grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”[e] 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, (AJ)“Where the corpse[f] is, there the vultures[g] will gather.”

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought (AK)always to pray and not (AL)lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who (AM)neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, (AN)‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And (AO)will not God give justice to (AP)his elect, (AQ)who cry to him day and night? (AR)(AS)Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them (AT)speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, (AU)will he find faith on earth?”

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some (AV)who trusted (AW)in themselves that they were righteous, (AX)and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men (AY)went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, (AZ)standing by himself, prayed[h] (BA)thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 (BB)I fast twice a week; (BC)I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, (BD)standing far off, (BE)would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but (BF)beat his breast, saying, ‘God, (BG)be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For (BH)everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 17:12 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Luke 17:19 Or has saved you
  3. Luke 17:21 Or within you, or within your grasp
  4. Luke 17:24 Some manuscripts omit in his day
  5. Luke 17:35 Some manuscripts add verse 36: Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left
  6. Luke 17:37 Greek body
  7. Luke 17:37 Or eagles
  8. Luke 18:11 Or standing, prayed to himself

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