Luke 17:11-18:14 English Standard Version

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,[1] who stood at a distance 13  and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." 14  When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. 15  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16  and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17  Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 19  And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."[2]

The Coming of the Kingdom

20  Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21  nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."[3] 22  And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23   And they will say to you, 'Look, there!' or 'Look, here!' Do not go out or follow them. 24   For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.[4] 25  But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26   Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27   They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot--they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29   but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all-- 30  so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31  On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32   Remember Lot's wife. 33   Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34  I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35   There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left."[5] 37  And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the corpse[6] is, there the vultures[7] will gather."

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

18 1  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2  He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 6  And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

9  He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10  "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11  The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[8] thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12   I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' 13  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."


[1] 17:12 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

[2] 17:19 Or has saved you

[3] 17:21 Or within you, or within your grasp

[4] 17:24 Some manuscripts omit in his day

[5] 17:35 Some manuscripts add verse 36: Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left

[6] 17:37 Greek body

[7] 17:37 Or eagles

[8] 18:11 Or standing, prayed to himself

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