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 18:1

  • Larry Busdriver for verse 1
    To me, who has fainted, it seems this fainting refers to more than just physical exhaustion but to more like being "overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life " so that as we desperately battle these cares in our own strength or else avoid them though various preoccupations becoming like the ones in the first chapter of Romans who had forgotten to or who "did not like to retain God in their knowledge " and so have fainted in their spirit. Then all that remains is their own fleshly limited understanding and strength. I have the testimony that one day I was jarred awake finding my hair and nails grown out like the brute beast that I was and with all my spiritual faculties stiff and numb through disuse. He came for me and lifted me up onto His shoulders made me realize how little of what I thought I knew I actually remembered. One thing that had remained though had been a smoldering flax within me that He would not put out. So, it is possible. He rescued me when I did not deserve to be rescued. I am, I think, a less arrogant christian than I was before!

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