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Luke 18: 1-8, The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

Bible Study Week 2:

I’m no priest or professional. This is just my interpretation; if you read anything differently please let me know. I’d love to discuss! I learn and retain best by writing things out, so this is something I do for myself and im just sharing with you all. I will try to post one per week.


Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they show always pray and not give up. He said: In “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time, he refused. But finally, he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me.” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you; he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?.”

my interpretation; verse by verse:

I always wonder why God must speak in parables lol. I had to read this one like 4 times. Not sure if I got it right. I discussed it with a priest and I kind of combined both of our ideas here. *a parable is a type of story that teaches a lesson*

verse 1: Jesus tells his disciples a parable to show them what consistent prayer can do for them. Just pray, continue to pray no matter what without doubt. 

verse 2-3: He begins the story by setting the scene. There is a judge who does not fear God or care what people thing (which is ironic for a judge). There is also a widow who is asking the judge for justice persistently for some issue that is not stated.

verse 4-5: The judge would not grant her justice for a long time because he did not care enough, but eventually, because she continuously bothered him he decided to just do it. Not because he cared about her receiving justice, but only for his own selfish reasons. This is the end of Jesus’ parable.

verse 6-7: He then recaps the story by saying, listen to the words of the judge and compare them to what God has promise for his followers. If you pray to him day and night, will he not give you what you are asking for? 

verse 8: Jesus says God will definitely give justice to those who ask for it. But then he wonders (or challenges) all who are listening to him to be just. “If I come to earth would everyone be just?”

what to take away:

  • The first verse of this basically tells you what to take away “…always pray and not give up.”

  • Pray all day and night, calling out to God is the way he answers your prayers

  •  We need to have as much humility as possible. The widow humbled herself by persistently asking the judge for justice after continually hearing no. Eventually, her persistence paid off

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