1 And he told them a parable to [show that] they must always pray and not be discouraged, 2 saying, "There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people. 3 And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Grant me justice against my adversary!'
4 And he was not willing for a time, but after these [things] he said to himself, 'Even if I do not fear God or respect people, 5 yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end [by her] coming back!'"
6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying! 7 And will not God surely {see to it that justice is done} to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them? 8 I tell you that {he will see to it that justice is done} for them soon! Nevertheless, [when] the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?"
9 And he also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on {everyone else}: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood [and] prayed these [things] with reference to himself: 'God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other people--swindlers, unrighteous [people], adulterers, or even like this tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get.'
13 But the tax collector, standing far away, did not want even to raise his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than that one! For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
15 Now they were bringing even [their] babies to him so that he could touch them. But [when] the disciples saw [it], they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to himself, saying, "Allow the children to come to me, and do not forbid them, {for to such belongs} the kingdom of God. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a young child will never enter into it."
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, [by] doing what will I inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one [is] good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"
21 And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth."
22 And [when he] heard [this], Jesus said to him, "{You still lack one thing}: Sell all that you have, and distribute [the proceeds] to the poor--and you will have treasure in heaven--and come, follow me."
23 But [when he] heard these [things] he became very sad, because he was extremely wealthy.
24 And Jesus took notice of him [and] said, "How {difficult it is for} those who possess wealth 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 into the kingdom of God.
26 So those who heard [this] said, "And who can be saved?"
27 But he said, "[What is] impossible with men is possible with God."
28 And Peter said, "Behold, we have left {all that is ours} [and] followed you."
29 And he said to them, "Truly I say to you that there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children on account of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time and in the age to come, eternal life."
31 And taking aside the twelve, he said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written by the prophets with reference to the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and mistreated and spit on, 33 and [after] flogging [him] they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise."
34 And they understood none of these [things], and this saying was concealed from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
35 Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting on the side of the road begging. 36 And [when he] heard a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 And they told him, "Jesus the Nazarene is passing by."
38 And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, that he should be silent, but he cried out {even more loudly}, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40 So Jesus stopped [and] ordered him to be brought to him. And [when] he approached, he asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, that I may regain [my] sight.
42 And Jesus said to him, "Regain [your] sight! Your faith has saved you." 43 And immediately he regained [his] sight and began to follow him, glorifying God. And all the people, [when they] saw [it], gave praise to God.