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Parable of the Persistent Widow

1And he spoke a parable to them about the necessity for them always to pray, and not become discouraged.
  2He said, “In a certain city there was a certain judge who did not fear God and showed no regard for people.
  3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’
  4And he would not for a while, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard people,
  5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.’”
  6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
  7And will not God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
  8I say to you, that he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find trust on the earth?”

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9And he also spoke this parable to certain ones who were confident in themselves that they were righteous, and treated all others with contempt:
  10“Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector.
  11The Pharisee took a stand and went on praying these things for himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
  12I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.’

13“But the tax collector, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
  14I say to you, this man went down to his house righteous rather than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Learning From Children

15And they were also bringing to him their babies so that he could lay his hands on them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
  16But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me and do not hinder them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children.
  17Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will absolutely not enter it.”

The Rich Young Ruler

18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit life in the age to come?”
  19And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
  20You know the commandments, do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, and honor your father and mother.”a
  21And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
  22And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”
  23But when he heard these words, he became deeply grieved because he was very rich.

Rewards in the Kingdom

24And looking at him, Jesus said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter into the Kingdom of God.
  25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to enter in through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.”
  26And those who heard it said, “So who can be saved?”
  27But he said, “The things that are impossible for humans are possible for God.”

28And Peter said, “Look! We have left our own homes and followed you.”
  29And he said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left their house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God,
  30who will not receive many times more in this present time, and in the and in the age to come—everlasting life.

Death and Resurrection Foretold

31And he said to them, “Pay attention! We are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.
  32For he will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spat on,
  33and they will flog and kill him, and the third day he will be raised from the dead.”
  34And yet they understood none of these things, and this saying was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that he said.

Blind Man Healed at Jericho

35And it came to pass as he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road begging.
  36And hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this meant.
  37And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
  38And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
  39And those who were leading the way rebuked him so that he would be quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
  40And Jesus stopped walking and commanded him to be brought to him, and when he came near, he asked him,
  41“What do you want me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!”
  42And Jesus said to him, “Regain your sight! Your trust has healed you.”
  43And immediately he regained his sight and began to follow him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

From Exod. 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20

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