Luke 17:11-18:14 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 And it came about that when they were on the way to Jerusalem he went through Samaria and Galilee. 12 And when he went into a certain small town he came across ten men who were lepers, and they, keeping themselves at a distance, 13 Said, in loud voices, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them he said, Go, and let the priests see you. And, while they were going, they were made clean. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was clean, turning back, gave praise to God in a loud voice; 16 And, falling down on his face at the feet of Jesus, he gave the credit to him; and he was a man of Samaria. 17 And Jesus said, Were there not ten men who were made clean? where are the nine? 18 Have not any of them come back to give glory to God, but only this one from a strange land? 19 And he said to him, Get up, and go on your way; your faith has made you well.

The Coming of the Kingdom

20 And when the Pharisees put questions to him about when the kingdom of God would come, he gave them an answer and said, The kingdom of God will not come through observation: 21 And men will not say, See, it is here! or, There! for the kingdom of God is among you. 22 And he said to his disciples, The time will come when you will have a great desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, but you will not see it. 23 And if they say to you, See, it is there! or, It is here! do not go away, or go after them. 24 For as in a thunderstorm the bright light is seen from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of man be when his time comes. 25 But first, he will have to undergo much and be put on one side by this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the day of the Son of man. 27 They were feasting and taking wives and getting married, till the day of the overflowing of the waters, when Noah went into the ark, and they all came to destruction. 28 In the same way, in the days of Lot; they were feasting and trading, they were planting and building; 29 But on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, fire came down from heaven and destruction came on them all. 30 So will it be in the day of the revelation of the Son of man. 31 On that day, if anyone is on the roof of the house, and his goods are in the house, let him not go down to take them away; and let him who is in the field not go back to his house. 32 Keep in mind Lot's wife. 33 If anyone makes an attempt to keep his life, it will be taken from him, but if anyone gives up his life, he will keep it. 34 I say to you, In that night there will be two men sleeping in one bed, and one will be taken away and the other let go. 35 Two women will be crushing grain together; one will be taken away and the other let go. 36 [] 37 And they, answering him, said, Where, Lord? And he said to them, Where the body is, there will the eagles come together.

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.

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