Luke 17:11-18:14 New American Standard Bible

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  While He was on the way to Jerusalem , He was passing between e Samaria and Galilee . 12  As He entered a village , ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13  and they raised 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 were going , they were cleansed . 15  Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed , turned back , glorifying God with a loud voice , 16  and he fell on his face at His feet , giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan . 17  Then Jesus answered and said , "Were there not ten cleansed ? But the nine -where are they? 18  "Was no one found who returned to give glory to God , except this foreigner ?" 19  And He said to him, "Stand up and go ; your faith has made you well ."

The Coming of the Kingdom

20  Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming , He answered them and said , "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed ; 21  nor will they say , 'Look , here it is!' or , 'There it is!' For behold , the kingdom of God is in your midst ." 22  And He said to the disciples , " The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man , and you will not see it. 23  " They will say to you, 'Look there ! Look here !' Do not go away , and do not run after them. 24  " For just like the lightning , when it flashes out of one part of the sky , shines to the other part of the sky , so will the Son of Man be in His day . 25  " But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation . 26  " And just as it happened in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man : 27  they were eating , they were drinking , they were marrying , they were being given in marriage , until the day that Noah entered the ark , and the flood came and destroyed them all . 28  "It was the same as happened in the days of Lot : they were eating , they were drinking , they were buying , they were selling , they were planting , they were building ; 29  but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all . 30  "It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed . 31  "On that day , the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back e . 32  " Remember Lot's wife . 33  " Whoever e seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever e loses his life will preserve it. 34  "I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed ; one will be taken and the other will be left . 35  " There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left . 36  [" Two men will be in the field ; one will be taken and the other will be left ."] 37  And answering they said to Him, "Where , Lord ?" And He said to them, " Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered ."

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart , 2  saying , "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man . 3  "There was a widow in that city , and she kept coming to him, saying , 'Give me legal protection from my opponent .' 4  "For a while he was unwilling e ; but afterward e he said to himself , 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man , 5  yet because this widow bothers e me, I will give her legal protection , otherwise e by continually e coming she will wear me out.' " 6  And the Lord said , "Hear what the unrighteous judge said ; 7  now , will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night , and will He delay long over them? 8  "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly . However , when the Son of Man comes , will He find faith on the earth ?"

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

9  And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous , and viewed 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 stood and was praying this to himself : 'God , I thank You that I am not like other people : swindlers , unjust , adulterers , or even like this tax collector . 12  'I fast twice a week ; I pay tithes of all that I get .' 13  "But the tax collector , standing some distance away , was even unwilling e to lift up his eyes to heaven , but was beating his breast , saying , 'God , be merciful to me, the sinner !' 14  "I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other ; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled , but he who humbles himself will be exalted ."

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