Luke 18:9

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he spake this parable vnto certaine which trusted in themselues that they were righteous, & despised other:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he made this story for some people who were certain that they were good, and had a low opinion of others:
- Basic English Bible

And he spoke also to some, who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and made nothing of all the rest [of men], this parable:
- Darby Bible

And he spoke this parable to certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
- Webster's Bible

And to some who relied on themselves as being righteous men, and looked down upon all others, He addressed this parable.
- Weymouth Bible

He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
- World English Bible

And he seide also to sum men, that tristiden in hem silf, as thei weren riytful, and dispiseden othere, this parable,
- Wycliffe Bible

And he spake also unto certain who have been trusting in themselves that they were righteous, and have been despising the rest, this simile:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 18:9


18:9 He spake this parable - Not to hypocrites; the Pharisee here mentioned was no hypocrite, no more than an outward adulterer: but he sincerely trusted in himself that he was righteous, and accordingly told God so, in the prayer which none but God heard.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 18:9


Lu 18:9 He spake this parable, etc. The persons described in this verse are so much like the Pharisees that we can hardly believe that they were not. Rabbi Simeon, one of them, said, that if there were only thirty religious men in the world like Abraham, he and his son would be two of them; if only two, he and his son would be those; and if only one, that would be himself.

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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