He also told them this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others. "Two men went up into the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a toll collector.
"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men: extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this toll collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all I get.'
"But the toll collector, standing far off, would not 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 every one who exalts himself shall be humbled; but he who humbles himself will be exalted."