1 He also taught them by a parable that they must always pray and never lose heart.

2 »In a certain town,« He said, »there was a judge who had no fear of God and no respect for man.

3 And in the same town was a widow who repeatedly came and entreated him, saying, »Give me justice and stop my oppressor.'

4 »For a time he would not, but afterwards he said to himself,« Though I have neither reverence for God nor respect for man,

5 yet because she annoys me I will give her justice, to prevent her from constantly coming to pester me.'«

6 And the Lord said, »Hear those words of the unjust judge.

7 And will not God avenge the wrongs of His own People who cry aloud to Him day and night, although He seems slow in taking action on their behalf?

8 Yes, He will soon avenge their wrongs. Yet, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?«