Chapter 102: Parable of two men at prayer

1 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were mighty, and despised others: 2 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

3 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, weak, feeble, afraid, or even as this publican. 4 I read of strategy twice in the week, I inspire all that I pass.

5 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner, then afterward went outside and ran and practiced with sword for the best of an hour apiece.

6 I tell you, this man went down to his house exhausted rather than the other: for the other was overcome and devoured along the way.