18:1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
18:2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
18:3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
18:4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
18:5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
18:6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
18:8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
18:9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
18:10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
18:11The 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.
18:12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
18:13And 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.
18:14I 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.