1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
1 Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.
1 Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart,
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
2 He said, "In a city there was a judge who didn't fear God or respect people.
2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and had no respect for man.
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
3 In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, "Grant me justice against my adversary.'
3 There was a [desperate] widow in that city and she kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice and legal protection from my adversary.’
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
4 “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man,
4 For a while the judge refused. But later, he told himself, "I don't fear God or respect people,
4 For a time he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice. Otherwise, she will keep coming and wear me out.'"
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
6 Then the Lord added, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says!
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
7 Won't God grant his chosen people justice when they cry out to him day and night? Is he slow to help them?
7 And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones] who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [in providing justice] on their behalf?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
8 I tell you, he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
8 I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?”
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
9 Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves, thinking they were righteous, but who looked down on everyone else:
9 He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [posing outwardly as upright and in right standing with God], and who viewed others with contempt:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
10 "Two men went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
10 “Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] 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 as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, "O God, I thank you that I'm not like other people thieves, dishonest people, adulterers, or even this tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
12 I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire income.'
12 I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’
13 And the publican, standing 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.
13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven. Instead, he continued to beat his chest and said, "O God, be merciful to me, the sinner that I am!'
13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest [in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
14 I tell you, this man, rather than the other one, went down to his home justified, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be exalted."
14 I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.”
15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
15 Now some people were even bringing their infants to Jesus to have him touch them. But when the disciples saw this, they sternly told the people not to do that.
15 Now they were also bringing their babies to Him, so that He would touch and bless them, and when the disciples noticed it, they began reprimanding them.
16 But Jesus 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.
16 But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
16 Jesus, however, called for the children and said, "Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom of God belongs to people like these.
16 But Jesus called them to Himself, saying [to the apostles], “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
17 I tell all of you with certainty, whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never get into it at all."
17 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God [with faith and humility] like a child will not enter it at all.”
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
18 Then an official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
19 “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One—God.
19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Nobody is good except for one God.
19 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is [essentially and morally] good except God alone.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
20 You know the commandments: "Never commit adultery. Never murder. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and mother.'"
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
21 “I have kept all these from my youth,” he said.
21 The official replied, "I have kept all of these since I was a young man."
21 He replied, “I have kept all these things from my youth.”
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
22 When Jesus heard this, he told him, "You still need to do one thing. Sell everything you have and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me."
22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “You still lack one thing; sell everything that you have and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have [abundant] treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk].”
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
23 But when the official heard this he became sad, because he was very rich.
23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24 So when Jesus saw how sad he was, he said, "How hard it is for rich people to get into the kingdom of God!
24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How difficult it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 Indeed, it's easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God."
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth or status] to enter the kingdom of God.”
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
27 Jesus replied, "The things that are impossible for people are possible for God."
28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.
28 Then Peter said, "See, we have left everything we have and followed you."
28 Peter said, “Look, we have left all [things—homes, families, businesses] and followed You.”
29 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,
29 So He said to them, “I assure you: There is no one who has left a house, wife or brothers, parents or children because of the kingdom of God,
29 Jesus told them, "I tell all of you with certainty, there is no one who has left his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children because of the kingdom of God
29 And He said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
30 who will not receive many times as much in this world, as well as eternal life in the age to come."
30 who will not receive many times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.”
31 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.
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "Pay attention! We're going up to Jerusalem. Everything written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled,
32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
32 because he'll be handed over to the unbelievers, and will be mocked, insulted, and spit on.
33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.”
33 After they have whipped him, they'll kill him, but on the third day he'll rise again."
34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
34 But they didn't understand any of this. What he said was hidden from them, and they didn't know what he meant.
34 But the disciples understood none of these things [about the approaching death and resurrection of Jesus]. This statement was hidden from them, and they did not grasp the [meaning of the] things that were said [by Jesus].
35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
35 As Jesus was approaching Jericho, there was a blind man sitting by the road begging.
36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was.
36 Hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this meant.
36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
36 Now when he heard a crowd going by, he began to ask what this was [about].
38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
38 So he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 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.
39 The people at the front of the crowd sternly told him to be quiet, but he started shouting even louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 Those who were leading the way were sternly telling him to keep quiet; but he screamed all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him,
40 Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him. When he drew near, He asked him,
40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,
40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that the blind man be led to Him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!”
41 “What do you want Me to do for you?”“Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”
41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, I want to see again!"
41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me regain my sight!”
42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
42 So Jesus told him, "See again! Your faith has made you well."
42 Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.”
43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
43 Immediately the man could see again and began to follow Jesus, glorifying God. All the people saw this and gave praise to God.
43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Jesus, glorifying and praising and honoring God. And all the people, when they saw it, praised God.
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