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Luke 18:9–14

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousnessm and looked down on everyone else,n Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray,o one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himselfp and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fastq twice a week and give a tenthr of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breasts and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’t

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”u

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