Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable vnto them, [to this ende], that men ought alwayes to pray, and not to faint, Luke 18:2 Saying, There was in a city a Iudge, which feared not God neither regarded man.
Of the importunate widow.
Luke 18:3 And there was a widowe in that citie, and she came vnto him, saying, Auenge me of mine aduersarie: Luke 18:4 And hee would not for a while. But afterward he said within himselfe, Though I feare not God, nor regard man, Luke 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will auenge her, lest by her continuall comming, she wearie me. Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, Heare what the vniust iudge saith. Luke 18:7 And shall not God auenge his owne elect, which crie day and night vnto him, thogh he beare long with them? Luke 18:8 I tell you that he wil auenge them speedily. Neuerthelesse, when the Son of man commeth, shall hee find faith on the earth?
Of the Pharisee and the publican.
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable vnto certaine which trusted in themselues that they were righteous, & despised other: Luke 18:10 Two men went vp into the Temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publicane. Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himselfe, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, vniust, adulterers, or euen as this Publicane. Luke 18:12 I fast twise in the weeke, I giue tithes of all that I possesse. Luke 18:13 And the Publicane standing afarre off, would not lift vp so much as his eyes vnto heauen: but smote vpon his breast, saying, God me mercifull to mee a sinner. Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went downe to his house iustified rather then the other: For euery one that exalteth himselfe, shall be abased: and hee that humbleth himselfe, shall be exalted.
Children brought to Christ.
Luke 18:15 And they brought vnto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Luke 18:16 But Iesus called them vnto him, and said, Suffer litle children to come vnto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdome of God. Luke 18:17 Uerely I say vnto you, whosoeuer shall not receiue the kingdome of God as a litle child, shal in no wise enter therein.
A ruler that would follow Christ, but is hindered by his riches.
Luke 18:18 And a certaine ruler asked him, saying, Good master, what shall I doe to inherit eternall life? Luke 18:19 And Iesus said vnto him, Why callest thou mee good? None is good saue one, [that is] God. Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commaundements, Doe not commit adulterie, Doe not kill, Doe not steale, Doe not beare false witnesse, Honour thy father and thy mother. Luke 18:21 And he said, All these haue I kept from my youth vp. Luke 18:22 Now when Iesus heard these things, hee said vnto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: Sell all that thou hast, and distribute vnto the poore, and thou shalt haue treasure in heauen, and come, follow me. Luke 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorowfull, for he was very rich. Luke 18:24 And when Iesus saw that hee was very sorrowfull, he said, How hardly shal they that haue riches, enter into the kingdome of God? Luke 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to goe thorow a needles eye, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Luke 18:26 And they that heard it, said, Who then can be saued? Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are vnpossible with men, are possible with God.
The reward of them that leave all for his sake.
Luke 18:28 Then Peter said, Loe, we haue left all, and followed thee. Luke 18:29 And he said vnto them, Uerily, I say vnto you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdome of Gods sake, Luke 18:30 Who shall not receiue manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life euerlasting.
He foresheweth his death,
Luke 18:31 Then hee tooke vnto him the twelue, and said vnto them, Behold, we goe vp to Hierusalem, and al things that are written by the Prophets concerning the sonne of man, shall be accomplished. Luke 18:32 For he shall be deliuered vnto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully intreated, and spitted on: Luke 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death, and the third day he shall rise againe. Luke 18:34 And they vnderstood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
and restoreth a blind man to his sight.
Luke 18:35 And it came to passe, that as he was come nigh vnto Iericho, a certaine blinde man sate by the way side, begging, Luke 18:36 And hearing the multitude passe by, he asked what it meant. Luke 18:37 And they tolde him that Iesus of Nazareth passeth by. Luke 18:38 And he cried, saying, Iesus thou sonne of Dauid, haue mercie on me. Luke 18:39 And they which went before, rebuked him, that hee should holde his peace: but hee cried so much the more, Thou Sonne of Dauid, haue mercie on mee. Luke 18:40 And Iesus stood and commanded him to be brought vnto him: and when he was come neere, he asked him, Luke 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall doe vnto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receiue my sight. Luke 18:42 And Iesus said vnto him, Receiue thy sight, thy faith hath saued thee. Luke 18:43 And immediately he receiued his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people when they saw it, gaue praise vnto God.