New American Standard Bible
"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
King James Bible
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
Darby Bible Translation
and there was a widow in that city, and she came to him, saying, Avenge me of mine adverse party.
World English Bible
A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
Young's Literal Translation
and a widow was in that city, and she was coming unto him, saying, Do me justice on my opponent,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A widow - This is a circumstance that gives increasing interest to the parable. Judges were bound to show special attention to widows, Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3. The reason of this was that they were defenseless, were commonly poor, and were liable to be oppressed by those in power.
Avenge me - This would have been better translated, "Do me justice against my adversary, or vindicate me from him." It does not denote vengeance or revenge, but simply that she wished to have "justice" done her - a thing which this judge was "bound" to do, but which it seems he had no disposition to do.
Adversary - One opposed in law. In this case it seems that the judge was unwilling to do justice, and probably took advantage of her condition to oppress her.
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When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?--LUKE 18:8. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.--The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall from the faith. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away …
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"Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
"For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'"
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