To some who were confident of their own righteousness1 and looked down on everybody else,2 Jesus told this parable:
"Two men went up to the temple to pray,3 one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
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The Pharisee stood up4 and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.
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I fast5 twice a week and give a tenth6 of all I get.'
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"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast7 and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'8
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"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."9
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People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.
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But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child10 will never enter it."
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