Luke 18:9-14 Bible Study Guide

Hello Everyone,

This Wednesday Night at my church I will be leading a Bible Study on Luke 18:9-14. I wrote a study guide this morning so I would like to share that with you for this week’s entry. Hopefully the questions can help you think about the text in a more in-depth way.

Have a Blessed Week,

Luke 18:9-14
New International Version
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”


-When you read this parable what comes to your mind? What are your first thoughts?

-Let’s compare the two people in this parable. 

-For me there seems to be a common trend of Jesus speaking up against arrogant religious leaders. How can this be a cautionary tale to us as Christians especially in leadership?

-Do you think the pharisee was a bad person or perhaps just misguided?

-Is it possible to become so focused on God’s commandments that we forget God’s grace?

-This may be a tough one. What’s some tips and guides we can all use to stay humble while not sacrificing our integrity?

-Tell me some of your closing thoughts.



3 thoughts on “Luke 18:9-14 Bible Study Guide

  1. Sue Loeffler October 24, 2022 / 9:13 pm

    Humility wins over arrogance in the eyes of Jesus. As a Bible study leader I often feel inadequate, but I’ve learned that my inferior feelings are God’s opportunity. He takes over by the power of the Holy Spirit and gets all the glory. People are blessed. Praise God!

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  2. drinieleroux October 25, 2022 / 5:34 am

    I really liked your post. It made me think. I always just saw the Pharisee as being arrogant but maybe you are right he was misguided. But he sure did feel sure of himself.

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  3. BibleExplorationBlogUK November 12, 2022 / 4:43 pm

    The Pharisee basically said ‘I am good enough, I do not need forgiveness’, but the Tax man said ‘I am never good enough so I always need repentance’.

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