The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought (A)always to pray and not (B)lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who (C)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, (D)‘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 (E)will not God give justice to (F)his elect, (G)who cry to him day and night? (H)(I)Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them (J)speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, (K)will he find faith on earth?”

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15 (A)The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
16 (B)The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 (C)Whoever speaks[a] the truth gives honest evidence,
    but (D)a false witness utters deceit.
18 (E)There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings (F)healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but (G)a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of (H)those who devise evil,
    but those who plan peace have joy.
21 (I)No ill befalls the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 (J)Lying lips are (K)an abomination to the Lord,
    (L)but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 (M)A prudent man conceals knowledge,
    (N)but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 (O)The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be (P)put to forced labor.
25 (Q)Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,[b]
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 (R)Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth.[c]
28 (S)In the path of righteousness is life,
    and in its pathway there is no death.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 12:17 Hebrew breathes out
  2. Proverbs 12:26 Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
  3. Proverbs 12:27 Or but diligence is precious wealth

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