18:1 And 1 he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to a faint;
(1) God will have us to continue in prayer, not
to weary us, but to exercise us; therefore we must fight against impatience so
that a long delay does not cause us to quit our praying.
(a) Yield to afflictions and adversities as those
do who have lost heart.
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
(b) He does not compare things that are of equal
stature, but the less with the greater: If a man receives what is rightfully
his at the hands of a most unrighteous judge, much more will the prayers of
the godly prevail before God.
because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming
she c weary me.
(c) Literally, "beat me down with her
blows", and it is a metaphor taken of wrestlers who beat their
adversaries with their fists or clubs: in the same way those that are
persistent beat the judge's ears with their crying out, even as it were with
18:7 And shall not God avenge
his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though d
he bear long with them?
(d) Though he seems slow in avenging the harm
done to his own.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they
were righteous, and despised others:
(2) Two things especially make our prayers void
and of no effect: confidence of our own righteousness, and our contempt of
others; but a humble heart is contrary to both of these.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am
not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
(3) Although we confess that whatever we have, we
have it from God, yet we are despised by God as proud and arrogant if we put
even the least trust in our own works before God.
18:13 And the publican,
standing e afar off, would not lift up
so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner.
(e) Far from the Pharisee in a lower place.
And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: 4
but when [his] disciples saw [it], they rebuked them.
(f) The children were tender and young in that
they were brought, which appears more evidently in that they were infants.
(Ed.) (4) To judge or think of Christ after the
reason of the flesh is the cause of infinite corruptions.
18:16 5 But
Jesus g called them [unto him], and
said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such
is the kingdom of God.
(5) The elect children of the faithful are
included in the free covenant of God. (Ed.)
(g) Those that carried the children, whom the
disciples drove away.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a
little child shall in no wise enter therein.
(6) Childlike innocence is an ornament of
7 And he said, All these have I kept
from my youth up.
(7) The enticement of riches carries many away
from the right way.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they
that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
(8) To be both rich and godly is a singular gift
9 And he said unto them, Verily I say
unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or
wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake,
(9) They become the richest of all who do not
refuse to be poor for Christ's sake.
Then he took [unto him] the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to
Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of
man shall be accomplished.
(10) As sure and certain as persecution is, so
sure is the glory which remains for the conquerors.
And they understood h none of these
things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which
(h) By this we see how ignorant the disciples
And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man
sat by the way side begging:
(11) Christ shows by a visible miracle that he is
the light of the world.
12 And they which went before rebuked
him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, [Thou] Son of
David, have mercy on me.
(12) The more snares and hindrances that Satan
lays in our way, even by those who profess Christ's name, so much the more
ought we to go forward.