The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
He also told this parable to some c who trusted d in themselves that they were righteous, e and treated others with contempt:
"Two men f went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, g standing by himself, prayed h thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
i I fast twice a week; j I give tithes of all that I get.'
But the tax collector, g standing far off, k would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but l beat his breast, saying, 'God, m be merciful to me, a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For n everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
And he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
2 Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth.
Who say, "Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you." These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.
John 7:48 - 49
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
2 Kings 20:5
Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.
2 Kings 20:8
And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?
But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
Saying: "O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.
And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!
That you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God.
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.