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Luke 18 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Parables on Prayer

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:1 -

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged,

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:2 - saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect any person.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:3 - “Now there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my [fn]opponent.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:4 - “For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect any person,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:5 - yet because this widow is bothering me, I will give her justice; otherwise [fn]by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:6 - And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge *said;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:7 - now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day [fn]and night, and will He delay long for them?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:8 - “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [fn]faith on the earth?”

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:9 -

Now He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:10 - “Two men went up into the [fn]temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:11 - “The Pharisee stood and began praying this in regard to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, crooked, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:12 - ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:13 - “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to raise his eyes toward heaven, but was beating his chest, saying, ‘God, be [fn]merciful to me, the sinner!’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:14 - “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other one; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Mat 19:13–15; Mar 10:13–16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:15 -

Now they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:16 - But Jesus called for [fn]the little ones, saying, “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not [fn]forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:17 - “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

The Rich Young Ruler

(Mat 19:16–22; Mar 10:17–22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:18 -

A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:19 - But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me [fn]good? No one is [fn]good except God alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:21 - And he said, “All these things I have kept since my youth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:22 - Now when Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:23 - But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy.
(Mat 19:23–30; Mar 10:23–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:24 - And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:25 - “For it is easier for a camel to [fn]go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:26 - Those who heard Him said, “And so who can be saved?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:27 - But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:28 -

Peter said, “Behold, we have left [fn]our own homes and followed You.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:29 - And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:30 - who will not receive many times as much at this time, and in the age to come, eternal life.”
(Mat 20:17–19; Mar 10:32–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:31 -

Now He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that have been written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:32 - “For He will be [fn]handed over to the Gentiles, and will be ridiculed, and abused, and spit upon,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:33 - and after they have flogged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:34 - [fn]The disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

Bartimaeus Receives Sight

(Mat 20:29–34; Mar 10:46–52 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:35 -

Now as [fn]Jesus was approaching Jericho, a man who was blind was sitting by the road, begging.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:36 - But when he heard a crowd going by, he began inquiring what this was.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:37 - They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:38 - And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:39 - Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:40 - And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He asked him,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:41 - “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:42 - And Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; your faith has [fn]made you well.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 18:43 - And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or enemy
Or in the end she may come and give me a black eye
Or and night? He is also patient toward them
Lit the faith
I.e., the temple grounds
Or propitious
Lit them
Or prevent
I.e., morally, inherently good
I.e., morally, inherently good
Lit enter
Lit our own things
Or betrayed to
Lit And they themselves
Lit He
Lit saved you
See the NASB20 Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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