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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
18 Then he went on to tell them an illustration with regard to the need for them always to pray and not to give up,+ 2 saying: “In a certain city there was a certain judge that had no fear of God and had no respect for man. 3 But there was a widow in that city and she kept going+ to him, saying, ‘See that I get justice from my adversary at law.’ 4 Well, for a while he was unwilling, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Although I do not fear God or respect a man, 5 at any rate, because of this widow’s continually making me trouble,+ I will see that she gets justice, so that she will not keep coming and pummeling*+ me to a finish.’” 6 Then the Lord said: “HEAR what the judge, although unrighteous, said! 7 Certainly, then, shall not God cause justice+ to be done for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, even though he is long-suffering+ toward them? 8 I tell YOU, He will cause justice to be done to them speedily.+ Nevertheless, when the Son of man arrives, will he really find the faith* on the earth?” 9 But he spoke this illustration also to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous+ and who considered the rest as nothing:+ 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood+ and began to pray+ these things to himself, ‘O God, I thank you I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.+ 12 I fast twice a week, I give the tenth of all things I acquire.’+ 13 But the tax collector standing at a distance was not willing even to raise his eyes heavenward, but kept beating his breast,+ saying, ‘O God, be gracious to me a sinner.’+ 14 I tell YOU, This man went down to his home proved more righteous+ than that man; because everyone that exalts himself will be humiliated, but he that humbles himself will be exalted.”+ 15 Now people began to bring him also their infants* for him to touch these; but on seeing it the disciples began to reprimand them.+ 16 However, Jesus called the [infants] to him, saying: “Let the young children come to me, and do not try to stop them. For the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones.+ 17 Truly I say to YOU, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means get into it.”+ 18 And a certain ruler questioned him, saying: “Good Teacher, by doing what shall I inherit everlasting life?”+ 19 Jesus said to him: “Why do you call me good? Nobody is good, except one, God.+ 20 You know the commandments,+ ‘Do not commit adultery,+ Do not murder,+ Do not steal,+ Do not bear false witness,+ Honor your father and mother.’”+ 21 Then he said: “All these I have kept from youth on.”+ 22 After hearing that, Jesus said to him: “There is yet one thing lacking about you: Sell all the things you have and distribute to poor people, and you will have treasure in the heavens; and come be my follower.”+ 23 When he heard this, he became deeply grieved, for he was very rich.+ 24 Jesus looked at him and said: “How difficult a thing it will be for those having money to make their way into the kingdom of God!+ 25 It is easier, in fact, for a camel to get through the eye of a sewing needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God.”+ 26 Those who heard this said: “Who possibly can be saved?” 27 He said: “The things impossible with men are possible with God.”+ 28 But Peter said: “Look! We have left our own things and followed you.”+ 29 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+ 30 who will not in any way get many times more in this period of time, and in the coming system of things* everlasting life.”+ 31 Then he took the twelve aside and said to them: “Look! We are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things written by means of the prophets+ as to the Son of man will be completed.+ 32 For instance, he will be delivered up to [men of] the nations and will be made fun+ of and be treated insolently+ and spit+ upon; 33 and after scourging+ him they will kill+ him, but on the third day he will rise.”+ 34 However, they did not get the meaning of any of these things; but this utterance was hidden from them, and they were not knowing the things said.+ 35 Now as he was getting near to Jer′i·cho a certain blind man was sitting beside the road begging.+ 36 Because he heard a crowd moving through he began to inquire what this might mean. 37 They reported to him: “Jesus the Naz·a·rene′ is passing by!”+ 38 At that he cried out, saying: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”+ 39 And those going in advance began to tell him sternly to keep quiet, but that much more he kept shouting: “Son of David, have mercy on me.”+ 40 Then Jesus stood still and commanded the [man] to be led to him.+ After he got near, [Jesus]* asked him: 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”+ He said: “Lord,* let me recover sight.”+ 42 So Jesus said to him: “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.”*+ 43 And instantly he recovered sight,+ and he began to follow him, glorifying God.+ Also, all the people, at seeing [it], gave praise to God.