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The Parable Persistent Widow. Luke 18:1-8. Robbyn Annan-Hinds Jenn Webber. Luke 18:1-8 NIV. The Parable of the Persistent Widow

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The parable persistent widow

The Parable Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1-8

Robbyn Annan-Hinds

Jenn Webber

Luke 18 1 8 niv
Luke 18:1-8 NIV

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

 1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'  4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "  6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?“

Luke 18 1 8 nkjv
Luke 18:1-8 NKJV

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

 1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Names found in text and their meanings
Names Found in Textand their meanings

  • He- refers to Jesus, our Savior

  • Disciples- Followers of Christ

  • Judge- a public officer authorized to hear and decide cases in a court of law; a magistrate charged with the administration of justice.

  • God- The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah

  • Widow- a woman who has lost her husband by death and has not remarried.

  • Lord- the Supreme Being; God; Jehovah. the Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Son of Man- Jesus

Things found in text why is it there
Things Found in TextWhy is it there?

  • Adversary- The enemy

  • Justice- Relief for the widow.

  • Commands- Directives from Jesus

  • Earth- The land in which God’s people reside.

  • Chosen Ones- God’s elect

Politics found in text
Politics Found in Text

Judge/Widow Relationship

  • The widow can be viewed as one who is dependant on the government.

  • How/why was the widow able to approach the judge on numerous occasions?

  • In looking at the meaning and common knowledge of the term “judge” we conclude there is a process in which a case/plea can even be heard by the judge.


  • How is God Acting?

    Showing His people that He will avenge them who cry out to Him day and night.

  • What is He doing?

    Avenging His people from the adversary. Quickly too!

Connections cont
Connections Cont.

  • What does this tell you about God?

    He is compassionate and loving towards His people and He will answer prayers and act swiftly to avenge His chosen ones.

Observations in text
Observations in text

  • Parable speaks specifically to justice being granted from an adversary and nothing more.

  • Why has this passage been used as a blanket scripture for all of our prayers?

  • Rhetorical question- End of passage