And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
“Who say, ‘ Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.
There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: “Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My name’s sake, Have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy.’ But they will be put to shame.
Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends;
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.
When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
The Pharisees then answered them, “ You have not also been led astray, have you?
The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
They reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
They answered him, “ You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out.
And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away ” to the Gentiles.’
I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;
but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.
For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: