Modern Literal Version
[Luke 18]

     18:1 Now he also spoke a parable to them, *that* it is essential for them to always pray, and not to be depressed; 18:2 saying: A certain judge was in a certain city, who did not fear God and did not revere man. 18:3Now a widow was in that city, and she was coming often to him, saying, Avenge me from my opponent. 18:4And he did not wish to at that time, but after these things, he said in himself, Even if I do not fear God, and I do not revere man; 18:5yet because this widow is harassing me, I will avenge her, in order that she may not pester me, coming often*for an end of her opponent.

     18:6 But the Lord said, Hear*with understanding what the judge of the unrighteousnesssaysabout himself.

     18:7Now, should God not do* the avenging of his chosen who are crying to him day and night? Also, should he not have patience upon them?

     18:8I say to you*, that he will be doing* the avenging on them quickly.

     However, when the Son of Man has come, will he then be finding the faith upon the earth?

     18:9 Now he spoke this parable to some who have confidence in themselves, that they were righteous, and scorning the rest: 18:10Two men went-up into the temple to pray; the first one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.18:11The Pharisee stood with {i.e. by} himself, was praying these things with himself, God, I give-thanks to you, that I am not like the rest of men: ravening, unrighteous ones, adulterers or just-like this tax collector. 18:12I fast twice in the week; I tithe of all things, as many things as I procure. 18:13And the tax collector, standing from afar, was not even willing to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating at his chest, saying, God, be lenient to me, the sinner. 18:14I say to you*, This one went-down to his house, having been made righteousrather than that man. For* everyone who is exalting himself will be humbled, but he who is humbling himself will be exalted.

     {Mar 10:13-16 & Mat 19:13-15 & Luk 18:15-17 Peraea.}

     18:15 Now they were also bringing to him their babies, in order that he might touch them, butafter the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 18:16 But Jesus, having called them to him, said,Allow* the little children to come to me and do* not forbid them; for* the kingdom of God is for such. 18:17 Assuredly I am saying to you*, Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a little child, he should never enter into it.

     {Mar 10:17-31 & Mat 19:16-20:16 & Luk 18:18-30 Peraea.}

     18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, by having practiced what, will I inherit everlasting life?

     18:19 But Jesus said to him, Why do you call* me good? None is good, except one, our God. 18:20You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not falsely testify. Honor your father and your mother.'{Exo 20:12-16 & Deu 5:16-20.}

     18:21 But he said, I have observed all these things from my youth up.

     18:22 Now having heard these things, Jesus said to him, One thing is still deficient for you. Sell all things, as many things as you have and distribute to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come-here. Follow me.18:23 But he heard these things, and became very sorrowful; for* he was extremely rich. 18:24 Now having seen him, Jesus became very sorrowful, he said,How those who have wealth will hardly enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25 For* it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

     18:26 Now those who heard it said, And who is able to be saved?

     18:27 But he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

     18:28 But Peter said, Behold, we left all and followed you.

     18:29 But he said to them, Assuredly I am saying to you*, There is no one who has left his house or parents or brethren or wife or children, because of the kingdom of God, 18:30who should not receive much-more in this time, and in the coming age everlasting life.

     {Mar 10:32-45 & Mat 20:17-28 & Luk 18:31-34; Peraea or Judea, near Jordan.}

     18:31 Now having taken the twelve with him and said to them, Behold, we are going-up to Jerusalem, and all the things which have been written through the prophets will be completed by the Son of Man.18:32For* he will be given up to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and will be insulted and will be spat on. 18:33And having scourged him, they will be killing him, and he will be rising* up in the third day.18:34 And they understood none of these things, and this declaration was being hidden from them, and they did not know the things which are spoken.

     {Mar 10:46-52 & Mat 20:29-34 & Luk 18:35-43; Jericho.}

     18:35 Now it happened, while* he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man was sitting by the road begging. 18:36 Now having heard a crowd traveling through, he inquired what this might be.18:37 Now they reported to him, that Jesus the Nazarene is passing by. 18:38 And he cried out, saying, Jesus, son of David, show-mercy to me. 18:39 And those who precede were rebuking him, in order that he should be silent, but he was crying out much more, Son of David, show-mercy to me!

     18:40 Now having stopped, Jesus commanded him to be led to him. And after he drew near, he asked him, 18:41 saying, What do you wish that I might do* for you?

     But he said, Lord, that* I may recover my sight.

     18:42 And Jesus said to him, Recover your sight. Your faith has cured you.18:43 And instantly he recovered his sight and was following him, glorifying God. And all the people, having seen it, gave praise to God.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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