Luke 18:13

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)

Other Translations

And the Publicane standing afarre off, would not lift vp so much as his eyes vnto heauen: but smote vpon his breast, saying, God me mercifull to mee a sinner.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The tax-farmer, on the other hand, keeping far away, and not lifting up even his eyes to heaven, made signs of grief and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
- Basic English Bible

And the tax-gatherer, standing afar off, would not lift up even his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, O God, have compassion on me, the sinner.
- Darby Bible

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
- Webster's Bible

But the tax-gatherer, standing far back, would not so much as lift his eyes to Heaven, but kept beating his breast and saying, `O God, be reconciled to me, sinner that I am.'
- Weymouth Bible

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!'
- World English Bible

And the pupplican stood afer, and wolde nether reise hise iyen to heuene, but smoot his brest, and seide, God be merciful to me, synnere.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And the tax-gatherer, having stood afar off, would not even the eyes lift up to the heaven, but was smiting on his breast, saying, God be propitious to me -- the sinner!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 18:13


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.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 18:13


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.

Discussion for Luke 18:13

  • This man came to listen to God. He said I am a sinner. Please be merciful to me, and I 'll listen and do what you say.

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