18 He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray s always and not become discouraged: t 2 “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God u or respect man. 3 And a widow v in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps w pestering me, x I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out y by her persistent coming.’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 Will not God grant justice z to His elect a who cry out to Him day and night? b Will He delay c to help them? d 8 I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the * Son of Man comes, e will He find that faith f on earth?”
18:5 * widow causes me trouble
18:5 Or doesn’t give me a black eye, or doesn’t ruin my reputation
18:7 Or Will He put up with them?
18:8 Or faith, or that kind of faith, or any faith, or the faith, or faithfulness; the faith that persists in prayer for God’s vindication