Parables on Prayer

18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they (A)ought to pray and not (B)become discouraged, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not (C)respect any person. Now there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my [a]opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor (D)respect any person, yet (E)because this widow is bothering me, I will give her justice; otherwise [b]by continually coming she will (F)wear me out.’” And (G)the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will God not (H)bring about justice for His (I)elect who cry out to Him day [c]and night, and will He (J)delay long for them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, (K)will He find [d]faith on the earth?”

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Now He also told this parable to some people who (L)trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and (M)viewed others with contempt: 10 “Two men (N)went up into the [e]temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee (O)stood and began praying this in regard to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, crooked, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I (P)fast twice a week; I (Q)pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, (R)standing some distance away, (S)was even unwilling to raise his eyes toward heaven, but (T)was beating his chest, saying, ‘God, be [f]merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other one; (U)for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

15 (V)Now they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16 But Jesus called for [g]the little ones, saying, “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not [h]forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I say to you, (W)whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

The Rich Young Ruler

18 (X)A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me [i]good? No one is [j]good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments, ‘(Y)Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these things I have kept since my youth.” 22 Now when Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; (Z)sell all that you possess and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have (AA)treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy. 24 And Jesus looked at him and said, (AB)How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For (AC)it is easier for a camel to [k]go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God!” 26 Those who heard Him said, “And so who can be saved?” 27 But He said, (AD)The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

28 Peter said, “Behold, (AE)we have left [l]our own homes and followed You.” 29 And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, (AF)there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times as much at this time, and in (AG)the age to come, eternal life.”

31 (AH)Now He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, (AI)we are going up to Jerusalem, and (AJ)all the things that have been written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 (AK)For He will be [m]handed over to the Gentiles, and will be ridiculed, and abused, and spit upon, 33 and after they have flogged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise.” 34 [n](AL)The disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

Bartimaeus Receives Sight

35 (AM)Now as [o](AN)Jesus was approaching Jericho, a man who was blind was sitting by the road, begging. 36 But when he heard a crowd going by, he began inquiring what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, (AO)Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “(AP)Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He asked him, 41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; (AQ)your faith has [p]made you well.” 43 And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, (AR)glorifying God; and when (AS)all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.

Zaccheus Converted

19 Jesus (AT)entered Jericho and was passing through. And [q]there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and he was unable due to the crowd, because he was short in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up a [r](AU)sycamore tree in order to see Him, because He was about to pass through that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down, and received Him [s]joyfully. When the people saw this, they all began to complain, saying, “He has gone in [t]to be the guest of a man who is a sinner!” But Zaccheus stopped and said to (AV)the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I am giving to the poor, and if I have (AW)extorted anything from anyone, I am giving back (AX)four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is (AY)a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Parable of the Ten Minas

11 Now while they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because (AZ)He was near Jerusalem and they thought that (BA)the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. 12 So He said, (BB)A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then to return. 13 And he called ten of his own slaves and gave them ten [u]minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with this money [v]until I come back.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be summoned to him so that he would learn how much they had made by the business they had done. 16 The first slave appeared, saying, ‘[w]Master, your [x]mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave; since you have been (BC)faithful in a very little thing, you are to have authority over ten cities.’ 18 The second one came, saying, ‘Your [y]mina, [z]master, has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 And then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept tucked away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He *said to him, ‘[aa]From your own lips I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am a demanding man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 And so why did you not put my money in the bank, and when I came back, I would have collected it with interest?’ 24 And then he said to the other slaves who were present, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Master, he already has ten minas.’ 26 (BD)I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 27 But as for (BE)these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and (BF)slaughter them in my presence.’”

Triumphal Entry

28 After Jesus said these things, He (BG)was going on ahead, (BH)going up to Jerusalem.

29 (BI)When He approached Bethphage and (BJ)Bethany, near the [ab]mountain that is called (BK)Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village [ac]ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘[ad]The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent left and found it just as He had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its [ae]owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “[af]The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, (BL)and they threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 Now as He was going, they were spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 And as soon as He was approaching, near the descent of (BM)the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to (BN)praise God [ag]joyfully with a loud voice for all the [ah]miracles which they had seen, 38 [ai]shouting:

(BO)Blessed is the (BP)King, the One who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and (BQ)glory in the highest!”

39 (BR)And yet some of the Pharisees [aj]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!” 40 Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these stop speaking, (BS)the stones will cry out!”

41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and (BT)wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known on this day, even you, the conditions for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you [ak]when your enemies will (BU)put up a [al]barricade against you, and (BV)surround you and hem you in on every side, 44 and they will level you to the ground, and throw down your children within you, and (BW)they will not leave in you one stone upon [am]another, because you did not recognize (BX)the time of your visitation.”

Traders Driven from the Temple

45 (BY)And Jesus entered the temple grounds and began to drive out those who were selling, 46 saying to them, “It is written: ‘(BZ)And My house will be a house of prayer,’ (CA)but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And (CB)He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people (CC)were trying to put Him to death, 48 and yet they could not find [an]anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to [ao]every word He said.

Footnotes

  1. Luke 18:3 Or enemy
  2. Luke 18:5 Or in the end she may come and give me a black eye
  3. Luke 18:7 Or and night? He is also patient toward them
  4. Luke 18:8 Lit the faith
  5. Luke 18:10 I.e., the temple grounds
  6. Luke 18:13 Or propitious
  7. Luke 18:16 Lit them
  8. Luke 18:16 Or prevent
  9. Luke 18:19 I.e., morally, inherently good
  10. Luke 18:19 I.e., morally, inherently good
  11. Luke 18:25 Lit enter
  12. Luke 18:28 Lit our own things
  13. Luke 18:32 Or betrayed to
  14. Luke 18:34 Lit And they themselves
  15. Luke 18:35 Lit He
  16. Luke 18:42 Lit saved you
  17. Luke 19:2 Lit behold, a man
  18. Luke 19:4 I.e., fig-mulberry
  19. Luke 19:6 Lit rejoicing
  20. Luke 19:7 Or to find lodging
  21. Luke 19:13 A mina was equal to about 100 days’ wages for a laborer
  22. Luke 19:13 Lit while I am coming
  23. Luke 19:16 Or Lord
  24. Luke 19:16 See note 1 v 13
  25. Luke 19:18 See note 1 v 13
  26. Luke 19:18 Lit lord
  27. Luke 19:22 Lit Out of your mouth
  28. Luke 19:29 Or hill...Olive Grove; Mount of Olives
  29. Luke 19:30 Or opposite
  30. Luke 19:31 Or Because the Lord
  31. Luke 19:33 Lit lords
  32. Luke 19:34 Or Because the Lord
  33. Luke 19:37 Lit rejoicing
  34. Luke 19:37 Or works of power
  35. Luke 19:38 Lit saying
  36. Luke 19:39 Lit from
  37. Luke 19:43 Lit and
  38. Luke 19:43 I.e., a dirt wall or mound for siege purposes
  39. Luke 19:44 Lit a stone
  40. Luke 19:48 Lit what they would do
  41. Luke 19:48 Lit Him, listening

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Slave

(A)When He had completed all His [a]teaching in the hearing of the people, (B)He went to Capernaum.

Now a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. When he heard about Jesus, (C)he sent some [b]Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. When they came to Jesus, they strongly urged Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; for he loves our nation, and it was he who built us our synagogue.” Now Jesus started on His way with them; but already, when He was not yet far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “[c]Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to enter under my roof; for that reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You; but just [d]say the word, and my servant [e]shall be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under myself; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, (D)not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

11 Soon afterward Jesus went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, [f]accompanied by a large crowd. 12 Now as He approached the gate of the city, [g]a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13 When (E)the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her and said to her, “Do not go on weeping.” 14 And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 (F)Fear gripped them all, and they began (G)glorifying God, saying, “A great (H)prophet has appeared among us!” and, “God has [h]visited His people!” 17 (I)And this report about Him spread throughout Judea and in all the surrounding region.

The Messengers from John

18 (J)The disciples of John also reported to him about all these things. 19 And after summoning [i]two of his disciples, John sent them to (K)the Lord, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or are we to [j]look for another?” 20 When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, [k]to ask, ‘Are You the Coming One, or are we to [l]look for another?’” 21 At that very [m]time He (L)cured many people of diseases and (M)afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. 22 And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: people who were (N)blind receive sight, people who limped walk, people with leprosy are cleansed and people who were deaf hear, dead people are raised up, and (O)people who are poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is [n]anyone who does not take offense at Me.”

24 When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the [o]wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 [p]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces! 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written:

(P)Behold, I am sending My messenger [q]ahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is [r]least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged (Q)God’s justice, (R)having been baptized with (S)the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and the [s](T)lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by [t]John.

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not weep.’ 33 For John the Baptist has come neither (U)eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [u]heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and [v]sinners!’ 35 And yet wisdom (V)is vindicated by all her children.”

The Anointing in Galilee

36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 (W)And there was a woman in the city who was a [w]sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, and began kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were (X)a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a [x]sinner!”

Parable of Two Debtors

40 And Jesus responded and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he [y]replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred [z](Y)denarii, and the other, fifty. 42 When they (Z)were unable to repay, he canceled the debts of both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I assume the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you (AA)gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You [aa](AB)gave Me no kiss; but she has not stopped kissing My feet since the time I came in. 46 (AC)You did not [ab]anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And He said to her, (AD)Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 And then those who were reclining at the table with Him began saying [ac]to themselves, “(AE)Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, (AF)Your faith has saved you; (AG)go in peace.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 7:1 Lit words
  2. Luke 7:3 Lit elders of the Jews
  3. Luke 7:6 Or Sir
  4. Luke 7:7 Lit say with a word
  5. Luke 7:7 A command in Greek
  6. Luke 7:11 Lit and a
  7. Luke 7:12 Lit one who had died
  8. Luke 7:16 Or cared for
  9. Luke 7:19 Lit a certain two
  10. Luke 7:19 Or wait for
  11. Luke 7:20 Lit saying
  12. Luke 7:20 Or wait for
  13. Luke 7:21 Lit hour
  14. Luke 7:23 Lit whoever
  15. Luke 7:24 I.e., desert
  16. Luke 7:25 Or Well then, what
  17. Luke 7:27 Lit before Your face
  18. Luke 7:28 Or less
  19. Luke 7:30 I.e., experts in the Mosaic Law
  20. Luke 7:30 Lit him
  21. Luke 7:34 Or wine drinker
  22. Luke 7:34 I.e., irreligious Jews
  23. Luke 7:37 I.e., an immoral woman
  24. Luke 7:39 I.e., an immoral woman
  25. Luke 7:40 Lit says
  26. Luke 7:41 The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
  27. Luke 7:45 A customary form of greeting between rabbis
  28. Luke 7:46 A customary act of hospitality
  29. Luke 7:49 Or among