18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men aalways ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor 1regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 2‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 byet because this widow troubles me I will 3avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And cshall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you dthat He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
9 Also He spoke this parable to some ewho trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee fstood and prayed thus with himself, g‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; hfor everyone who exalts himself will be 4humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
15 iThen they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for jof such is the kingdom of God. 17 kAssuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
18 lNow a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but mOne, that is, God. 20 You know the commandments: n‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ o‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
21 And he said, “All pthese things I have kept from my youth.”
22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. qSell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, r“How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
27 But He said, s“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, uthere is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 vwho shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
31 wThen He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things xthat are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be 6accomplished. 32 For yHe will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. 33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
34 zBut they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.
35 aThen it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, bSon of David, have mercy on me!”
He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; cyour faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, dglorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
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