Life of Jesus
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
- Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose
- saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard
- "Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice
for me from my adversary.'
- "And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I
do not fear God nor regard man,
- 'yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual
coming she weary me.'"
- Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.
- "And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him,
though He bears long with them?
- "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of
Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
- Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were
righteous, and despised others:
- "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax
- "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am
not like other men-- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax
- 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
- "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes
to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
- "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other;
for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself
will be exalted."