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Luke 18

Prayer and the parable of the Persistent Widow

1 Now he was saying to them [a] parable to it being necessary they always be praying and not be giving up, 2 saying: A certain judge not fearing God and not respecting men was in a certain city. 3 Now [a] widow was in that city, and she was coming to him saying: Vindicate me from my opponents. 4 And he did not want to for [a] time, but after these [things] he said in himself: If even God I do not fear nor have regard for men, 5 because this widow causes me trouble will I vindicate her, in order that she not finally wear me out. 6 So the Lord said: Hear what the judge of injustice says. 7 But would God not do the vindication of his chosen who are crying out to him day and night, and be forbearing upon them? 8 I say to you that he will do their vindication quickly. However, will the coming son of man find faith upon the land?

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

9 But he also said this parable to some having believed upon themselves that they are just and despising the rest: 10 Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one [a] Pharisee and the other [a] tax gatherer. 11 The Pharisee having stood prayed these [things] towards himself: O God, I thank you that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unjust, adulterous, or even as this tax gatherer. 12 I fast twice during the Sabbath, and I tithe all that I acquire. 13 But the tax gatherer having stood afar off did not want to raise his eyes to heaven, but he was beating his chest saying: O Lord, be merciful to me the sinner. 14 I say to you this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone exalting himself will be humbled, but the [one] humbling himself will be exalted.

Jesus and Little Children

15 Now they were bringing to him even infants1 in order that he touch them, but when the disciples saw they were rebuking them. 16 But Jesus called to them saying: Allow the children to come to me and be not hindering them, for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as [a] child does not enter it.

The Wealthy Ruler

18 And one of the rulers asked him saying: Good teacher, what having done will I inherit eternal zoe-life2 ? 19 But Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. 20 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not falsely witness, be honoring your father and mother. 21 But he said, All these [things] I have kept since youth. 22 But Jesus answering said to him: Yet one [thing] you lack. Sell all as much as you have and distribute [it] to the poor, and you will have treasure in the heavens, and Come! Be following me. 23 But when he heard these [things] he was become deeply pained, for he was greatly rich. 24 But seeing him Jesus said: How difficultly those having possessions enter into the kingdom of God. 25 For it is easier for [a] camel to enter through [a] needle hole3 than [for] the rich to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 But those who heard said: And who is able to be delivered? 27 But he said: the [things] impossible4 with men are possible5 with God. 28 But Peter said: Behold having left our own [things]6 we have followed you. 29 So he said to them: Truly I say to you that there is no one who left houses or wives or brothers7 or parents or children because of the kingdom of God 30 who would not receive much more in this opportune-time8 and in the eternity in the coming eternal zoe-life2.

Another Prediction of Jesus's Passion

31 But taking along the twelve he said to them: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and everything written through the prophets with respect to the son of man will be completed. 32 For he will be delivered up to the nations and will be mocked and will be scoffed at and will be spit upon, 33 and having flogged [him] they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised. 34 And they understood nothing of this, and this word was hidden from them, and they did not know what was said.

Healing a Blind Man

35 Now it came to pass when he was drawing near to Jericho a certain blind man sat beside the road begging. 36 But having heard while the crowd was walking through he inquired what this might be. 37 So they reported to him that Jesus the Nazarene comes by. 38 And he cried out saying: Jesus son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And those preceding9 him were rebuking him that he be silent, but he cried out rather more. 40 But having stood [still] Jesus called him to be brought to him. So when he came near he asked him, 41 What do you want I do for you? So he said: O Lord, that I gain sight. 42 And Jesus said to him: Gain sight, your faith has saved you. 43 And immediately he gained sight, and he was following him glorifying God. And when all the people saw they gave praise to God.

1babies or toddlers

2from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

3or "perforation"

4or "powerless"

5or "powerful"

6can refer to one's own home (and everything and everyone in it) or to one's property or possessions.

7"brothers" can mean "siblings" (both male and female), but note that "sisters" are explicitly mentioned in the parallel passages in Matt.19:29 and Mark.10:29

8KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

9or "leading"