18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘[a]Give me legal protection from my opponent.’4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will [b]give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will [c]wear me out.’”6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said;7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, [d]and will He delay long over them?8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [e]faith on the earth?”
7 Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing [a]by a [b]vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.8 The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold I am about to put a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel. I will [c]spare them no longer. 9 “The high places of Isaac will be desolated And the sanctuaries of Israel laid waste. Then I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
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