9 Then he told this story to some who boasted of their
virtue and scorned everyone else:
men went to the Temple to pray. One was a proud, self-righteous
Pharisee, and the other a cheating tax collector.
11 The proud Pharisee
‘prayed’ this prayer: ‘Thank God, I am not a sinner
like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there!
For I never cheat, I don’t commit adultery,
12 I go without
food twice a week, and I give to God a tenth of everything I earn.’
the corrupt tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even
lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed, but beat upon his chest in
sorrow, exclaiming, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’
14 I tell you,
this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! For the proud
shall be humbled, but the humble shall be honored.”