1Then he told them a parable about the need to pray continual y and never lose heart. 2'There was a judge in a certain town,' he said, 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for anyone. 3In the same town there was also a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice fromyou against my enemy!" 4For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, "Even though I have neither fear of God norrespect for any human person, 5I must give this widow her just rights since she keeps pestering me, or she wil come and slap me in the face." ' 6And the Lord said, 'You notice what the unjust judge has to say? 7Now, will not God see justice done to his elect if they keep cal ing to him day and night even though hestill delays to help them? 8I promise you, he wil see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of man comes,wil he find any faith on earth?' 9He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being upright and despisedeveryone else, 10'Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax col ector. 11The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, "I thank you, God, that I am not grasping,unjust, adulterous like everyone else, and particularly that I am not like this tax col ector here. 12I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on al I get." 13The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beathis breast and said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." 14This man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself upwil be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself wil be raised up.' 15People even brought babies to him, for him to touch them; but when the disciples saw this theyscolded them. 16But Jesus cal ed the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stopthem; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enterit.' 18One of the rulers put this question to him, 'Good Master, what shal I do to inherit eternal life?' 19Jesus said to him, 'Why do you cal me good? No one is good but God alone. 20You know the commandments: You shal not commit adultery; You shal not kil ; You shall not steal;You shal not give false witness; Honour your father and your mother.' 21He replied, 'I have kept all these since my earliest days.' 22And when Jesus heard this he said, 'There is stil one thing you lack. Sell everything you own anddistribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.' 23But when he heard this he was overcome with sadness, for he was very rich. 24Jesus looked at him and said, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to make their way into thekingdom of God! 25Yes, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter thekingdom of God.' 26Those who were listening said, 'In that case, who can be saved?' 27He replied, 'Things that are impossible by human resources, are possible for God.' 28But Peter said, 'Look, we left al we had to follow you.' 29He said to them, 'In truth I tel you, there is no one who has left house, wife, brothers, parents orchildren for the sake of the kingdom of God 30who will not receive many times as much in this present age and, in the world to come, eternal life.' 31Then taking the Twelve aside he said to them, 'Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everythingthat is written by the prophets about the Son of man is to come true. 32For he wil be handed over to the gentiles and wil be mocked, maltreated and spat on, 33and when they have scourged him they will put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.' 34But they could make nothing of this; what he said was quite obscure to them, they did not understandwhat he was tel ing them. 35Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the roadbegging. 36When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, 37and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. 38So he called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.' 39The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted al the louder, 'Son ofDavid, have pity on me.' 40Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, 41'What do you want me to do for you?' 'Sir,' he replied, 'let me see again.' 42Jesus said to him, 'Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.' 43And instantly his sight returned and he fol owed him praising God, and al the people who saw it gavepraise to God.
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