Thematic Bible

Luke 18:1 (show verse)

Then Jesus told His disciples a parable for the purpose of showing them that they should pray continually and not become discouraged.

Luke 18:2 (show verse)

He said, "There was a certain judge in this town who did not revere God nor respect man.

Luke 18:3 (show verse)

There was [also] a widow in that [same] town who kept coming to the judge saying, 'Grant me a [favorable] judgment against my opponent.'

Luke 18:4 (show verse)

And for some time the judge refused to do it. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I do not revere God or respect man,

Luke 18:5 (show verse)

I will grant her a [favorable] judgment because she keeps bothering me [about the matter] and is about to exhaust my patience by her persistent visits.'"

Luke 18:6 (show verse)

And the Lord said, "Listen to what [even] this unjust judge said [about the widow].

Luke 18:7 (show verse)

So, will God not grant justice to His elect [i.e., His people] who call out to Him [i.e., in prayer] day and night? Will He be slow in helping them?

Luke 18:8 (show verse)

I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly. However, will the Son of man find [very many] believing people on the earth when He returns?"

Luke 18:9 (show verse)

Then Jesus told this parable to certain ones who were relying on their own goodness and putting everyone else down:

Luke 18:10 (show verse)

"Two men went up to the Temple [in Jerusalem] to pray. One of them was a Pharisee and the other one was a tax collector.

Luke 18:11 (show verse)

The Pharisee stood up [conspicuously] and prayed about himself this way [i.e., bragging to God about how good he was], 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, sexually unfaithful to their mates, or even like that tax collector [over there].

Luke 18:12 (show verse)

I fast [i.e., going without food and/or drink for religious reasons] twice a week and I give [to God's work] a tenth of everything I get.'

Luke 18:13 (show verse)

But the tax collector stood at a distance [i.e., inconspicuously] and would not even look up to heaven, but struck his chest [i.e., in remorse], saying, 'God, [please] have mercy on a sinner like me.'

Luke 18:14 (show verse)

I tell you, this man went back home right with God instead of the other man. For every person who exalts himself [as important] will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted [as important]."

Luke 18:15 (show verse)

People were bringing babies to Jesus so He could touch them [i.e., to bestow a blessing on them], but when His disciples saw this, they spoke harshly to these people.

Luke 18:16 (show verse)

But Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, "Allow these little children to come to me and stop trying to prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these [i.e., humble ones. See Matt. 19:14].

Luke 18:17 (show verse)

Truly I tell you, whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God the way a little child does, that person will by no means enter it."

Luke 18:18 (show verse)

Then a certain ruler [Note: This man was young and rich. See Matt. 19:16-22] asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what should I do in order to inherit never ending life?"

Luke 18:19 (show verse)

Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me 'good'? No one is good except God only.

Luke 18:20 (show verse)

You know the commandments: Do not be sexually unfaithful to your mate. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not give false testimony. Show honor to your father and mother."

Luke 18:21 (show verse)

And the ruler replied, "I have [already] been observing all of these commandments since I was [very] young."

Luke 18:22 (show verse)

When Jesus heard this He said to him, " [There is] one thing you still lack. Sell all your possessions and distribute [the money] to poor people; become my follower, [then] you will have treasure in heaven."

Luke 18:23 (show verse)

But when the ruler heard these words, he became very sad for he was extremely rich.

Luke 18:24 (show verse)

Now Jesus looked at him and said, "How difficult [it is] for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!

Luke 18:25 (show verse)

For it is [actually] easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God."

Luke 18:26 (show verse)

And those who heard this said, "Then who can [possibly] be saved?"

Luke 18:27 (show verse)

Jesus answered, "The things that are impossible with people are [certainly] possible with God."

Luke 18:28 (show verse)

Then Peter said, "Look, we have left our homes to follow you."

Luke 18:29 (show verse)

And Jesus said to the disciples, "Truly I tell you, there is no person who has left his house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God [i.e., to become a servant of the Lord],

Luke 18:30 (show verse)

who will not receive [back] many times as much [as he left in this life], and never ending life in the coming age."

Luke 18:31 (show verse)

Then Jesus took the twelve apostles with Him, saying to them, "Look, we are going up to Jerusalem and [while there] everything written in [the writings of] the prophets will be fulfilled concerning the Son of man.

Luke 18:32 (show verse)

For He will be turned over to the [unconverted] Gentiles, and will be mocked, and insulted and spit on.

Luke 18:33 (show verse)

[The Romans] will flog Him and kill Him, but on the third day He will rise again [from the dead]."

Luke 18:34 (show verse)

But His disciples did not understand [what He meant by] any of these things, for this message was hidden from them so they did not comprehend what He was saying.

Luke 18:35 (show verse)

And it happened as Jesus was approaching Jericho [Note: This was a town about eighteen miles northeast of Jerusalem], that a certain blind man was [seen] sitting along side of the road, begging.

Luke 18:36 (show verse)

As he heard a crowd of people passing by, he asked [someone] what was happening.

Luke 18:37 (show verse)

And he was told that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by [that way].

Luke 18:38 (show verse)

So, he shouted out, "Jesus, you son of David, take pity on me."

Luke 18:39 (show verse)

But those walking in front [of Jesus] spoke harshly to the blind beggar, telling him to be quiet. But he continued shouting all the more, "You son of David, take pity on me."

Luke 18:40 (show verse)

So, Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar to be brought to Him. And when he came near, Jesus asked him,

Luke 18:41 (show verse)

"What do you want me to do for you?" And he replied, "Lord, I want to receive my sight."

Luke 18:42 (show verse)

And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight, your faith has made you well."

Luke 18:43 (show verse)

And immediately his sight was restored and he followed Jesus, giving honor to God. And when all the people saw this, they [too] praised God.