The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge
18:1And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;1 18:2saying, There was in a city a judge,2 who feared not God, and regarded not man: 18:3and there was a widow3 in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 18:4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;18:5yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming. 18:6And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge saith. 18:7And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them? 418:8I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
- ought always to pray. Not just audible words, but a prayerful attitude of mind; silent or audible speaking of words
- judge who feared not God. Judge represents intellect, in this case stubborn in a continued way of thinking producing undesirable results
- widow. a belief in lack; though not good in of itself, serves to call attention to judge, in this case, stubborn intellect. Also note the repeated action of the widow with the same declaration; affirmative prayer.
- he is longsuffering over them. Jesus compares the judge to God; they are opposites. God is patient and desiring to speedily set things right (justice). The widow wore down the judge, similarly through persistent prayer we wear down our stubborn intellect
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
18:9And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought: 18:10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 18:11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. 18:13But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner. 18:14I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Jesus Blesses Little Children
18:15And they were bringing unto him also their babes, that he should touch them: but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 18:16But Jesus called them unto him, saying, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for to such belongeth the kingdom of God. 18:17Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein.
The Rich Ruler
18:18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 18:19And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, even God. 18:20Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and mother. 18:21And he said, All these things have I observed from my youth up. 18:22And when Jesus heard it, he said unto him, One thing thou lackest yet: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 18:23But when he heard these things, he became exceeding sorrowful; for he was very rich. 18:24And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
18:28And Peter said, Lo, we have left our own, and followed thee. 18:29And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or wife, or brethren, or parents, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, 18:30who shall not receive manifold more in this time, and in the world to come eternal life.
A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Ressurection
18:31And he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets shall be accomplished unto the Son of man. 18:32For he shall be delivered up unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and shamefully treated, and spit upon: 18:33and they shall scourge and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. 18:34And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them, and they perceived not the things that were said.
Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jerico
18:35And it came to pass, as he drew nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 18:36and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 18:37And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 18:38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 18:39And they that went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 18:40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 18:41What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 18:42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath made thee whole. 18:43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Contributors to these annotations include Eddie Rodriguez
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