Banjo Picker

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Lk. 18:13 And the publican, standing a far off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven but smote his breast, saying God be merciful to me a sinner. Meaning

Expressing mental grief Lk. 23:48; Jer. 31:19; Nah. 2:7.

Only 7 words compared to 34 for the hypocrite, but it brought results because the plea was based upon atonement, not self-righteousness v 13.

Gr. hiaskomal, be propitiated or reconciled through the atoning blood sprinkled on the mercy seat Heb. 9:5; Rom. 3:25; Ex. 25:17-21.

The Gr. has a definite article here: the sinner 1 Tim. 1:15. Every detail of this prayer concerned himself as the sinner, God as the one to be appeased and satisfied, and the atoning blood as the means of mercy from God. Hence the proper results v 14. This will produce justification every time 1 Jn. 1:9; Rom. 10:9, 10.