The unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) | back
1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Jesus explained to His disciples about the need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep praying until the answer comes. (Tarrying is the word used by many). "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." (Psalm 37:7). "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah. 40: 31).
2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. There was a judge in the city who was a Godless man and had great contempt for everyone.
3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. There was a woman who came to the judge frequently to appeal for justice against a man who had harmed her.
4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man. The judge ignored the woman for a while, but eventually got on his nerves because she was persistent. I fear not God nor man the judge thought to himself, but this woman bothers me.
5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. Because this woman bothers me, I will see that she gets justice, for she is wearing me out with her constant coming.
6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. The Lord said, hear the unjust judge.
7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? Even if an evil judge can be worn down like that, don't you think that God will surely give justice to people who plead with Him day and night?
8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Yes! He will answer them quickly! The question is: When I the Messiah return, how many will I find who have faith, and will be praying? What will you be doing when Christ returns?