1 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when God should come to save them, he answered them and said, The God cometh not to save, but to teach you to save: 2 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for they will know to go there with sword themselves, trusting the righteousness of God that is within you.
3 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to defend, and not to faint; 4 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
5 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Defend me from mine adversary.
6 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 7 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will defend her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 8 But by that time, the widow had been devoured of the risen.
9 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 10 And shall not God protect his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, before their end come? 11 I tell you that he will defend them speedily those that defend themselves. Nevertheless when the Warrior for man cometh, shall he find faith in such defense on the earth?