Luke 17:11-18:14 Revised Standard Version

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Sama'ria and Galilee. 12  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13  and lifted up their voices and said, "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 said Jesus, "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."

The Coming of the Kingdom

20  Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21  nor will they say, 'Lo, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." 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, 'Lo, there!' or 'Lo, here!' Do not go, do not 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. 25  But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26  As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. 27  They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28  Likewise as it was in the days of Lot--they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, 29  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur 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 him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. 32  Remember Lot's wife. 33  Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve 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." 36  * [No text] 37  And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."

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 regarded man; 3  and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Vindicate me against my adversary.' 4  For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5  yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'" 6  And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7  And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8  I tell you, he will vindicate 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 despised others: 10  "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank thee 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 every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

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