The Persistant Widow and the Pompous Judge

  • Cast Number: 8
  • Run-time: 5 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Luke 18:1-8
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her.

Characters:
Narrator
Judge
Widow
Clerk
Bad man
Guard 1
Guard 2
Public

The Scene: A courtroom. A Clerk is standing beside a table at the front. The Courtroom is full of people

Sample of script:

Narrator: One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.
"There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her.

Clerk: All rise (Motion for everyone to stand)

The judge enters and seats himself.

Clerk: (Motion for everyone to sit) This court is in session. The honourable Judge Pompous presiding. The first case is the case of the innocent widow and the bad man who harmed her.

Widow: (coming forward) Oh Judge Pompous he harmed me you’ve got to do something about it.

Judge: (not looking up and speaking with no emotion) No. Get out!

(Widow hides her face in tears and returns to her seat)

Judge: (To the clerk) call the next case.

Clerk: Calling the case of the innocent widow and the bad man who harmed her.

Widow: (coming forward) Oh Judge Pompous he harmed me you’ve got to do something about it.

Judge: (not even looking up and speaking with no emotion) No. Get out!

(Widow hides her face in tears and returns to her seat)

Judge: (To the clerk) call the next case.

Clerk: Calling the case of the innocent widow and the bad man who harmed her.

Widow: (coming forward) Oh Judge Pompous he harmed me you’ve got to do something about it.

Judge: (not even looking up and speaking with no emotion) No. Get out!

(Widow hides her face in tears and returns to her seat)

Narrator: The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out.

Judge: I don’t care about God or man,

Narrator: he said to himself,
Judge: but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!

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