“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”
King James Version (KJV)
18:13 The publican standing afar off - From the holy of holies, would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven - Touched with shame, which is more ingenuous than fear.
Lu 18:13 The publican, standing afar off. Remote from other worshipers, like a pariah. Would not lift up so much as [his] eyes. His spirit was so humble and contrite. The Pharisees probably had both hands and eyes lifted up. Smote upon his breast. An act denoting sorrow. God be merciful to me a sinner. A humble confession.