Luke 18:9-14, ERV
There were some people who thought they were very good and looked down on everyone else. Jesus used this story to teach them:
“One time there was a Pharisee and a tax collector. One day they both went to the Temple to pray.
The Pharisee stood alone, away from the tax collector. He said,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people. I am not like men who steal, cheat, or commit adultery. I thank you that I am better than this tax collector.
“The tax collector stood alone too. But when he prayed, he would not even look up to heaven. He felt very humble before God. He said,
‘O God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner!’
I tell you, when this man finished his prayer and went home, he was right with God. But the Pharisee, who felt that he was better than others, was not right with God.
People who make themselves important will be made humble. But those who make themselves humble will be made important.”
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