THE GOSPEL ACCORDING to
Luke 18 ©
1 By the similitude of a widow and an unrighteous judge, Christ teaches that we must hold on in prayer. 9 And by another similitude of a pharisee and a publican, He teaches that God hears and justifies the penitent sinner, and not those who rely on their own righteousness. 15 Commands that little children shall be suffered to come to Him. 18 Answers the question of a ruler, what he must do to obtain eternal life, and directs him to the keeping of the commandments. 24 Teaches how hardly the rich are saved. 28 Promises both here and hereafter to recompense those who forsake all for His sake. 31 Foretells His suffering, death and resurrection. 35 Near Jericho He makes a blind man to see.
AND he spake a parable unto them to this end, thata men ought 1always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, 2Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her 3continual coming she 4weary me.
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
Andb shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he 5bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them 6speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man 7cometh, 8shall he find faith on the earth?
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted 9in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Two men went 10up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus 11with himself, God,c I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast 12twice in the week, I 13give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing 14afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but 15smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, this man went 16down to his house 17justified rather than 18the other: ford every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Ande they brought unto him also infants, that he would 19touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked 20them.
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and 21forbid them not: forf22of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God 23as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Andg a certain 24ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Doh not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honouri thy father and thy mother.
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou 25one thing: sellj all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, Howk hardly shall they 26that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for 27a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
And he said, Thel things which are impossible with men are 28possible with God.
Thenm Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, Theren is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
Whoo shall not receive 29manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
¶Thenp he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things 30thatq are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
Forr he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
And they 31understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
¶Ands it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, 32a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, 33that I may receive my sight.
And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.