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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Luke 18:1–8

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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray s always and not become discouraged: t “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God u or respect man. And a widow v in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

“For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, 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.’ ”

Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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 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?”

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18:5 * widow causes me trouble

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18:5 Or doesn’t give me a black eye, or doesn’t ruin my reputation

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18:7 Or Will He put up with them?

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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