THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
32. Teaching concerning Persistent Prayer
1 And He told them a aparable to the end that they ought always to bpray and cnot lose heart,
2 Saying, There was a certain judge in a certain city who did anot fear God and did not regard man.
3 And there was a 1widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 2Avenge me of my 3opponent.
4 And for a time he would not; but afterward he said within himself, Even though I do not fear God nor regard man,
5 Yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, lest by continually coming she wear me out.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the aunrighteous judge says.
7 And will not God by all means carry out the aavenging of His bchosen ones, who cry to Him cday and night, though He is dlong-suffering over them?
8 I tell you that He will carry out their avenging quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man 1acomes, will He find 2faith on the earth?
33. Teaching concerning the Entrance
into the Kingdom of God
a. Humbling Oneself
9 And 1He told this parable also to certain ones who atrusted in themselves that they were brighteous and despised the rest:
10 Two men awent up to the temple to pray, the one a bPharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee astood and prayed these things to himself: God, I thank You that I am 1not like the rest of men -- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I 1afast twice a 2week; I bgive a tenth of all that I get.
13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would anot even lift up his eyes to heaven, but bbeat his breast, saying, God, be 1propitiated to me, the csinner!
14 I tell you, This man went down to his house ajustified rather than that one; for everyone who exalts himself shall be bhumbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
b. Being like a Little Child
15 And they were bringing to Him also their ababies that He might touch them. But when the disciples saw this they brebuked them.
16 But Jesus called them to Him, saying, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not 1aforbid them, for of such is the 2bkingdom of God.
17 Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the akingdom of God like a 1blittle child shall by no means enter into it.
c. Renouncing All and Following the Man-Savior
18 And a 1certain ruler questioned Him, asaying, Good Teacher, 2what shall I do to binherit ceternal life?
19 But Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One -- God.
20 You know the commandments: "Do anot commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, bhonor your father and mother.''
21 And he said, aAll these things I have kept from my youth.
22 And hearing this, Jesus said to him, Still you lack one thing: all that you have, asell and distribute to the bpoor, and you will have treasure in the cheavens; and come, dfollow Me.
23 But when he aheard these things, he became very sorrowful, for he was exceedingly rich.
24 And Jesus, seeing that he became very sorrowful, said, How difficult it is for those who have ariches to go into the kingdom of God.
25 For it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a 1needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And those who heard said, 1Then who can be saved?
27 But He said, The things that are impossible with men are apossible with God.
28 And Peter said, Behold, we have aleft our own things and have bfollowed You.
29 And He said to them, Truly I say to you that there is no one who has left house or wife or abrothers or parents or children 1for the sake of the bkingdom of God,
30 Who shall not by all means receive back many times as much in 1this time, and in the acoming age, beternal life.
34. Unveiling His Death and Resurrection
the Third Time
31 And taking the atwelve aside, He said to them, Behold we are bgoing up to cJerusalem, and all things which have been written through the prophets regarding the Son of Man will be daccomplished,
32 For He will be 1adelivered up to the Gentiles and will be bmocked and outrageously treated and cspat upon;
33 And when they have ascourged Him, they will kill Him; and on the bthird day He will rise.
34 And they understood none of these things, and this saying was ahidden from them, and they did not know what was being said.
35. Healing a Blind Man near Jericho
35 And as He 1adrew near to bJericho, a certain cblind man was sitting by the road, begging.
36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this might be.
37 And they told him that Jesus the aNazarene was passing by.
38 And he shouted, saying, Jesus, 1aSon of David, have mercy on me!
39 And those going before arebuked him so that he would be silent, but he cried out much more, Son of David, have mercy on me!
40 And Jesus, standing still, commanded that he be led to Him. And when he drew near, He questioned him,
41 1What do you want Me to ado for you? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight!
42 And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight; your afaith has 1healed you.
43 And instantly he received his sight and followed Him, aglorifying God. And all the people, seeing it, gave bpraise to God.