Modern Literal Version
[Luke 18]


     18:1 And he also spoke a parable to them, to show 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. 18:3 And a widow was in that city, and she came often to him, saying, Avenge me of my opponent. 18:4 And he did not wish to, for a time; but after these things, he said with himself, Even if I do not fear God, and do not revere man; 18:5 yet 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 And the Lord said, Hear what the judge of unrighteousness {F} said.

     18:7 Now should God not do the avenging of his chosen, who are crying to him day and night? Also should he not be patient over them?

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

     But, when the Son of Man comes, will he find the faith upon the earth?


     18:9 And he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and scorning all the rest: 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the first one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed these things with himself, God, I give-thanks to you, that I am not like the rest of men: extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers or just-like this tax collector. 18:12 I fast twice in the week; I tithe of all things, as many things as I procure. 18:13 And the tax collector, standing from afar, did not even wish to lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his chest, saying, God, be lenient to me the sinner. 18:14 I say to you*, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other, because everyone who is exalting himself will be humbled; but he who is humbling himself will be exalted.


    {Mk 10:13-16 & Mt 19:13-15 & Lk 18:15-17 Peraea}

     18:15 And they were also bringing to him their babies, that* he might touch them; but when 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. 18:17Assuredly I say to you*, Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a little child, he may never* enter into it.


    {Mk 10:17-31 & Mt 19:16-20:16 & Lk 18:18-30 Peraea}

     18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

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

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

     18:22 And when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, One thing is still lacking* 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 when he heard these things, he became very sorrowful; for* he was extremely rich. 18:24 And Jesus seeing him when he became very sorrowful, said, How those who have wealth will hardly enter into the kingdom of God! 18:25 For* it is easierfor a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

     18:26 And those who heard it said, Then who can be saved?

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

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

     18:29 And he said to them, Assuredly I say to you*, There is no one who has left his house or parents or brethren or children, because of the kingdom of God, 18:30 who may not receive again much more in this time and in the world to come eternal life.


    {Mk 10:32-45 & Mt 20:17-28 & Lk 18:31-34; Peraea or Judea, near Jordan}

     18:31 And he took the twelve with him and said to them, Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and all the things that are written through the prophets will be accomplished by the Son of Man.18:32 For* he will be given up to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit on; 18:33 and they will scourge and kill him and he will rise* up in the third day. 18:34 And they understood none of these things, and this saying was hid from them and they did not know the things which was said.


    {Mk 10:46-52 & Mt 20:29-34 & Lk 18:35-43; Jericho}

     18:35 And it happened, as he drew near to Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road begging.18:36 And hearing a crowd traveling through, he inquired what this might be. 18:37 And they reported to him, that Jesus the Nazarene is passing by. 18:38 And he cried out, saying, Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me. 18:39 And those preceding, rebuked him that* he should be silent but he cried out much more, Son of David, have mercy on me!

     18:40 And Jesus stood still and commanded him to be led to him and when he drew near, he asked him, 18:41 saying, What do you wish that I might do for you?

     And 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 followed him, glorifying God and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


    {Footnotes: Lk 18:6 LIT: says (but speaks of previous verses). Lk 18:13- OR be propitiated, be atoning.}



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