Luke 18:1
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

Luke 18:2
saying, There was a judge in a certain city who didnt fear God, and didnt respect man.

Luke 18:3
A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, Defend me from my adversary!

Luke 18:4
He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

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yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.

Luke 18:6
The Lord said, Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.

Luke 18:7
Will not God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

Luke 18:8
I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Luke 18:9
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.

Luke 18:10
Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.

Luke 18:11
The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

Luke 18:12
I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.

Luke 18:13
But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner!

Luke 18:14
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.

“ . . . he who humbles himself for the sake of the Torah in this world is magnified in the next; and he who makes himself a servant to the [study of the] Torah in this world becomes free in the next.”
Baba Metzia 85b, Soncino Press Edition

Luke 18:15
They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

Luke 18:16
Yeshua summoned them, saying, Allow the little children to come to me, and dont hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:17
Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesnt receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.

“The children aren’t the only guarantors of the Torah. The adult who dedicates himself to the Torah in a childish manner, he too can take credit for ensuring the continuity of the Torah.”
Naftali Silberberg, A Childish Understanding of the Torah, [1]

Luke 18:18
A certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Rabbi, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luke 18:19
Yeshua asked him, Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one – God.

Luke 18:20
You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Honor your father and your mother.

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

Luke 18:22
When Yeshua heard these things, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me.

Luke 18:23
But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.

Luke 18:24
Yeshua, seeing that he became very sad, said, How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!

Luke 18:25
For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needles eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Luke 18:26
Those who heard it said, Then who can be saved?

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

Luke 18:28
Peter said, Look, we have left everything, and followed you.

Luke 18:29
He said to them, Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of Gods sake,

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who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.

Luke 18:31
He took the twelve aside, and said to them, Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.

Luke 18:32
For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.

Luke 18:33
They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again.

Luke 18:34
They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didnt understand the things that were said.

Luke 18:35
It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.

Luke 18:36
Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.

Luke 18:37
They told him that Yeshua of Nazareth was passing by.

Luke 18:38
He cried out, Yeshua, you son of David, have mercy on me!

Luke 18:39
Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, You son of David, have mercy on me!

Luke 18:40
Standing still, Yeshua commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,

Luke 18:41
What do you want me to do? He said, Lord, that I may see again.

Luke 18:42
Yeshua said to him, Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.

Luke 18:43
Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.


  1. Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, A Childish Understanding of the Torah,