Luke 18:1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he spake a parable vnto them, to this ende, that men ought alwayes to pray, and not to faint,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he made a story for them, the point of which was that men were to go on making prayer and not get tired;
- Basic English Bible

And he spoke also a parable to them to the purport that they should always pray and not faint,
- Darby Bible

And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
- Webster's Bible

He also taught them by a parable that they must always pray and never lose heart.
- Weymouth Bible

He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
- World English Bible

And he seide to hem also a parable, that it bihoueth to preye euer more, and not faile;
- Wycliffe Bible

And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth [us] always to pray, and not to faint,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 18:1


18:1 He spake a parable to them - This and the following parable warn us against two fatal extremes, with regard to prayer: the former against faintness and weariness, the latter against self confidence.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 18:1


Lu 18:1 Parables Concerning Prayer SUMMARY OF LUKE 18: The Widow and the Unjust Judge. The Pharisee and the Publican. Little Children Brought to Christ. The Young Ruler Seeking for Eternal Life. Going Through the Needle's Eye. The Lord's Sufferings Declared to the Twelve. Blind Bartimaeus Healed at Jericho. Men ought always to pray. Prayer is a privilege and a duty. Not to faint. Persistence in prayer is requisite to making it effectual. See Eph 6:18. Augustine says: ``God reserves for thee that which he is slow to give thee, that thou mayest learn to entertain a supreme desire and longing for it.''

Discussion for Luke 18

  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 18:8 I TELL YOU THAT HE WILL AVENGE THEM SPEEDILY NEVERTHELESS WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH SHALL HE --FIND FAITH-- ON EARTH 2 THESS 1:11 WHEREFORE ALSO WE PRAY ALWAYS FOR YOU THAT OUR GOD WOULD --COUNT YOU WORTHY-- OF HIS CALLING AND FULFIL ALL THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS GOODNESS AND --THE WORK OF FAITH-- WITH POWER
    PSALM 33:4 FOR THE WORD OF THE LORD IS RIGHT AND ALL HIS WORKS ARE DONE IN TRUTH
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 18:27 AND HE SAID THE THINGS WHICH ARE IMPOSSIBLE WITH MEN ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD --- PHILIPPIANS 14:13 I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST --- WHICH STRENGTHENETH ME --- PROVERBS 24:5 A WISE MAN IS STRONG YEA A MAN OF KNOWLEDGE INCREASETH STRENGTH --- PROVERBS 8:14 COUNSEL IS MINE AND SOUND WISDOM I AM UNDERSTANDING --- I HAVE STRENGTH ---
  • BSP
    In verses 1 through 8 the widow would not give up in asking for justice and this changed the mind of the judge. Imagine how much more Jehovah God will answer our persistent prayers.
  • Lilian
    Jesus said THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE WITH MEN ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. We may think that we can do everything but without God as the Vine we as the branches cannot bear fruit. We are nothing without God Lets praise and worship him alone amen
  • A disciple
    In context to how the Lord used these words, with respect to what were the disciples' thoughts and reactions, of His assessment of the rich young man's problem this was clearly not about asking for things, but about where our hearts are, and in what we really trust for acceptance and blessing from God. In other words, in this particular case, in the context of what was happening just then we are instructed that our salvation is altogether in the hands of God, and according to His goodness and capability. An honest look at who and what we really are, ever since our first parents were expelled as unfit and alienated by sin we were all waiting for the Word of our Salvation to come in the flesh, to undo the works of the devil, and to take away our sins. Next to this, we have nothing to rely on only the power and good nature of our God and Saviour.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The story of the Pharisee and the publican is instructive. God sees the heart. He desires us to be humble. He desires us to trust Him. He desires us not to be ostentatious in our expressions of prayers. He wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. May God help us to achieve these goals. The master-key is salvation of our souls.

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