The Pharisee and Publican
Project Gutenberg, 2002 - 124 páginas
The Pharisee and the Publican is a parable of Jesus that appears in Luke 18:9-14. Here a Pharisee, obsessed by his own virtue, is contrasted with a tax collector who humbly asks God for mercy. He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted." John Bunyan was an Christian writer, preacher and. Reformed Baptist.