Pharisee and publican (Luke 18:9-14) | back
9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others. Christ told a story about those who boasted of their virtue and scorned everyone else. (The holier than thou type).
10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. Two men went to the temple to pray and one was a self righteous Pharisee, and the other man was a cheating tax collector.
11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. The proud Pharisee prayed and thanked God that he was not a sinner like everyone else. Especially like that tax collector over there the Pharisee said to God. I never cheat people and I would never commit adultery. (Again the holier than thou type).
12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. The Pharisee continued that he goes without food twice a week, and that he gives God a tenth of everything he earns.
13And 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. But the corrupt tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even to lift his eyes to heaven and beat his chest in sorrow, exclaimed; "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. I can tell you this Christ said; This man the tax collector returned to his house forgiven. Not the proud Pharisee! "For the proud shall be humbled, but the humble shall be honored."