In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We don't know what he is saying."
As she spoke to Joseph day by day, he didn't listen to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years, the word of Yahweh has come to me, and I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; but you have not listened.
The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; and to this day they drink none, for they obey their father's commandment: but I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; and you have not listened to me.
They have turned to me the back, and not the face: and though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.
He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words.
Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words.
He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, 'I go, sir,' but he didn't go.
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, "Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe.
He prayed to Yahweh, and said, "Please, Yahweh, wasn't this what I said when I was still in my own country? Therefore I hurried to flee to Tarshish, for I knew that you are a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and you relent of doing harm.
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We want to hear you again concerning this."
The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!"
He made many to stumble, yes, they fell one on another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our birth, from the oppressing sword.
He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed,