Jesus spoke this parable to certain ones who trusted in themselves that they were righteous.
Two men went into the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed, God, I thank you that I am not like other men, who are extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice each week and I give tithes of all that I possess.
The publican, standing afar off, would not lift up even his eyes to heaven, but struck himself on his chest and said, God be merciful to me a sinner.
This publican went down to his house justified rather than the Pharisee: because every one that exalts himself shall be humbled, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.