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

  • 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.
  • Bruce
    Steph: If you have no answer that's okay,but don't let the foolishness of false accusations from others guide your heart or thoughts. Salvation is for whosoever:Revelation1:5. True Believers will help, guide,lift,hopefully to bring others into The Kingdom:Revelation20:15
  • A disciple
    Stephende; I can see that by your often posting, you do have desire to know the Lord more; and you write what you can. What you say about loving and trusting in wealth, is right on! And to answer another, who jumped on your words, Yes! the Angels too had their time to stand for God in truth and overcome the Liar and the Adversary. I hope every Christian can learn from Jesus how to love each other.
  • Bruce
    Steph: what angels overcome what?
  • Stephende
    The unjust judge is a judge of this world which is corrupted by the illusion of wealth, that it is the equivalent of happiness. The young man who followed the commandments but wouldn't part with his wealth. The eye of the needle describes how we strive for wealth rather than Godly knowledge. The master says" we ought to pray always" The world is one place and Heaven is another. Angels overcom
  • Bruce
    Humbleone?Are you saying God lets us remove our burdens,then drag them through a hole, into heaven? To pack on again? There never has been a gate:eye of the needle. There's a cord made from camels hair that won't go through the eye. Who can be saved? Only who are called: John6:44/washed Revelation1:5/Baptized with The Holy Ghost: Matthew 3:11/ you will be changed 2Corinthians 5:17 you will know!

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