The Story of Jesus

The Proud Versus The Humble

In the crowd were people who were proud of their righteousness. They despised those who they thought were sinners. To teach them a lesson Jesus told this story:

"Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector."

"The Pharisee stood and prayed loudly for all to hear, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, unrighteous, unjust, unfair in business dealings, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of all I own.'

"But the tax collector stood by himself. He would not even lift his eyes toward heaven when he prayed. Bowing his head, he beat his breast and said, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' "

And Jesus said, "I tell you, this tax collector, and not the proud Pharisee, went home with God's blessing. For whoever lifts himself up in his own sight is not pleasing to God, but whoever humbles himself shall be lifted up."

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