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Lucas 18

1 AndGod will have us to continue in prayer, not to weary us, but to exercise us; therefore we must fight against impatience so that a long delay does not cause us to quit our praying.he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not toYield to afflictions and adversities as those do who have lost heart.faint;

2 He does not compare things that are of equal stature, but the less with the greater: If a man receives what is rightfully his at the hands of a most unrighteous judge, much more will the prayers of the godly prevail before God.Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

3 And there was a widowe in that citie, which came vnto him, saying, Doe mee iustice against mine aduersarie.

4 And hee would not of a long time: but afterward he said with himselfe, Though I feare not God, nor reuerence man,

5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming sheLiterally, «beat me down with her blows», and it is a metaphor taken of wrestlers who beat their adversaries with their fists or clubs: in the same way those that are persistent beat the judge's ears with their crying out, even as it were with blows.weary me.

6 And the Lord said, Heare what the vnrighteous iudge saith.

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, thoughThough he seems slow in avenging the harm done to his own.he bear long with them?

8 I tell you he will auenge them quickly: but when the Sonne of man commeth, shall he finde faith on the earth?

9 Two things especially make our prayers void and of no effect: confidence of our own righteousness, and our contempt of others; but a humble heart is contrary to both of these.And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went vp into the Temple to pray: the one a Pharise, and the other a Publican.

11 Although we confess that whatever we have, we have it from God, yet we are despised by God as proud and arrogant if we put even the least trust in our own works before God.The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twise in the weeke: I giue tithe of all that euer I possesse.

13 And the publican, standingFar from the Pharisee in a lower place.afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man departed to his house iustified, rather then the other: for euery man that exalteth himselfe, shall be brought lowe, and he that humbleth himselfe, shalbe exalted.

15 The children were tender and young in that they were brought, which appears more evidently in that they were infants. (Ed.)And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them:To judge or think of Christ after the reason of the flesh is the cause of infinite corruptions.but when [his] disciples saw [it], they rebuked them.

16 The elect children of the faithful are included in the free covenant of God. (Ed.)But JesusThose that carried the children, whom the disciples drove away.called them [unto him], and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

17 Childlike innocence is an ornament of Christians.Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

18 Then a certaine ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what ought I to doe, to inherite eternall life?

19 And Iesus said vnto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, saue one, euen God.

20 Thou knowest the comandements, Thou shalt not commit adulterie: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not steale: Thou shalt not beare false witnes: Honour thy father and thy mother.

21 The enticement of riches carries many away from the right way.And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

22 Nowe when Iesus heard that, he saide vnto him, Yet lackest thou one thing. Sell all that euer thou hast, and distribute vnto the poore, and thou shalt haue treasure in heauen, and come followe mee.

23 But when he heard those things, he was very heauie: for he was marueilous riche.

24 To be both rich and godly is a singular gift of God.And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

25 Surely it is easier for a camel to go through a needles eye, then for a riche man to enter into the kingdome of God.

26 Then said they that heard it, And who then can be saued?

27 And he said, The things which are vnpossible with men, are possible with God.

28 Then Peter said, Loe, we haue left all, and haue followed thee.

29 They become the richest of all who do not refuse to be poor for Christ's sake.And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,

30 Which shall not receiue much more in this world, and in the world to come life euerlasting.

31 As sure and certain as persecution is, so sure is the glory which remains for the conquerors.Then he took [unto him] the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.

32 For he shal be deliuered vnto the Gentiles, and shalbe mocked, and shalbe spitefully entreated, and shalbe spitted on.

33 And when they haue scourged him, they will put him to death: but the thirde day hee shall rise againe.

34 And they understoodBy this we see how ignorant the disciples were.none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

35 Christ shows by a visible miracle that he is the light of the world.And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:

36 And when he heard the people passe by, he asked what it meant.

37 And they saide vnto him, that Iesus of Nazareth passed by.

38 Then hee cried, saying, Iesus the Sonne of Dauid, haue mercie on me.

39 The more snares and hindrances that Satan lays in our way, even by those who profess Christ's name, so much the more ought we to go forward.And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on me.

40 And Iesus stoode stil, and commanded him to be brought vnto him; when he was come neere, he asked him,

41 Saying, What wilt thou that I doe vnto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receiue my sight.

42 And Iesus said vnto him, Receiue thy sight: thy faith hath saued thee.

43 Then immediatly he receiued his sight, and followed him, praysing God: and all the people, when they sawe this, gaue praise to God.

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