Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
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Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14  (ID: 0538)

Stories can mystify, charm, and surprise us—especially ones with an unexpected twist. Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is one such story. In it, two men—one outwardly righteous, another keenly aware of his sin—offer two different prayers, with unexpected results. As Alistair Begg notes, perceptions and rewards aren’t always what we anticipate. Humbly recognizing our distance from God, it turns out, is the first step in bringing us closer to Him.


The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.