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?
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