Luke 18:1-23 Bible in Basic English

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

18 1  And he made a story for them, the point of which was that men were to go on making prayer and not get tired; 2  Saying, There was a judge in a certain town, who had no fear of God or respect for man: 3  And there was a widow in that town, and she kept on coming to him and saying, Give me my right against the man who has done me wrong. 4  And for a time he would not: but later, he said to himself, Though I have no fear of God or respect for man, 5  Because this widow is a trouble to me, I will give her her right; for if not, I will be completely tired out by her frequent coming. 6  And the Lord said, Give ear to the words of the evil judge. 7  And will not God do right in the cause of his saints, whose cries come day and night to his ears, though he is long in doing it? 8  I say to you that he will quickly do right in their cause. But when the Son of man comes, will there be any faith on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

9  And he made this story for some people who were certain that they were good, and had a low opinion of others: 10  Two men went up to the Temple for prayer; one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-farmer. 11  The Pharisee, taking up his position, said to himself these words: God, I give you praise because I am not like other men, who take more than their right, who are evil-doers, who are untrue to their wives, or even like this tax-farmer. 12  Twice in the week I go without food; I give a tenth of all I have. 13  The tax-farmer, on the other hand, keeping far away, and not lifting up even his eyes to heaven, made signs of grief and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 14  I say to you, This man went back to his house with God's approval, and not the other: for everyone who makes himself high will be made low and whoever makes himself low will be made high.

Jesus Blesses Little Children

15  And they took their children to him, so that he might put his hands on them: but when the disciples saw it, they said sharp words to them 16  But Jesus sent for them, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not keep them away, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 17  Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all.

The Rich Young Ruler

18  And a certain ruler put a question to him, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life? 19  And Jesus said to him, Why do you say that I am good? No one is good, but only God. 20  You have knowledge of what the law says: Do not be untrue to your wife, Do not put anyone to death, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Give honour to your father and mother. 21  And he said, All these things I have done from the time when I was a boy. 22  And Jesus, hearing it, said to him, One thing you still have need of; get money for your goods, and give it away to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven; and come after me. 23  But at these words he became very sad, for he had great wealth.


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