Luke 11

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1 And it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He had ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

2 And He said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father, who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be·​·done, as in heaven, so upon the earth.

3 Give us our daily bread according·​·to the day*.

4 And forgive* us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is·​·a·​·debtor to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil*.

5 And He said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say to him, friend, lend me three loaves;

6 for a friend of mine in his journey has come to me, and I have not anything to set·​·before him.

7 And·​·he from inside, answering, shall say, Make me not labor; the door is already shut, and my little·​·children are with me in bed; I cannot stand·​·up and give thee.

8 I say to you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will stand·​·up and give him as·​·many·​·as he needs.

9 And·​·I say to·​·you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to·​·you.

10 For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

11 And if a son shall ask bread of any of·​·you who is a father, will he give him a stone? And if he shall ask for a fish, instead·​·of a fish will he give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?

13 If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how·​·much more shall the Father who is of heaven give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him?

14 And He was casting·​·out a demon, and it was mute; and it came·​·to·​·pass, when the demon had come·​·out, the mute spoke; and the crowds marveled.

15 But some of them said, He casts·​·out demons by Beelzebub* the ruler of the demons.

16 And others, tempting Him, sought of Him a sign from heaven.

17 But He, seeing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is made·​·desolate, and a house divided against a house falls.

18 And if· Satan ·also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges.

20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, certainly the kingdom of God has come to you.

21 When the strong one, fully·​·armed, guards his·​·own dwelling, his belongings are in peace;

22 but when a stronger than he comes·​·upon him and overcomes him, he takes·​·away all· his ·armor on which he trusted, and distributes his spoils.

23 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who gathers not with Me scatters.

24 When the unclean spirit has come·​·out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest; and finding not, he says, I will return to my house from·​·which I came·​·out;

25 and when he comes, he finds it swept and adorned.

26 Then he goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in, they dwell there; and the last things of that man become worse than the first.

27 And it came to pass as He said these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting·​·up her voice, said to Him, Happy is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts at which Thou hast nursed.

28 But He said, Rather, happy are they who hear the Word of God and guard it.

29 And when the crowds congregated, He began to say, This is a wicked generation; it seeks a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.

30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also shall the Son of Man be to this generation.

31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them; for she came from the uttermost·​·parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, more than Solomon is here.

32 The men of Nineveh shall stand·​·up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, more than Jonah is here.

33 And no·​·one having kindled a lamp puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a lampstand, that they who go·​·in may look·​·at the light.

34 The lamp of the body is the eye; therefore when thine eye is single,* thy whole body also is illuminated; but when it is evil, thy body also is dark;

35 take heed, therefore, that the light that is in thee be not darkness.

36 If then thy whole body be illuminated, having no part dark, the whole shall be illuminated as when a lamp by its bright·​·shining gives· thee ·light.

37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him; and He went in, and reclined.

38 But the Pharisee, seeing, marveled that He had not first washed·​·thoroughly before dinner.

39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make·​·clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inside is·​·filled with extortion and wickedness.

40 Senseless ones! Did not He who made that which is outside make that which is inside also?

41 Nevertheless give the things that are·​·within for alms, and behold, all things are clean to you.

42 But woe to·​·you, Pharisees, because you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and pass·​·by the judgment and the love of God; these·​·things you ought to have done, and not to have left those·​·also undone.

43 Woe to·​·you, Pharisees, because you love the first·​·seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

44 Woe to·​·you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are as sepulchers that appear not, and the men who walk over them and know not.

45 And one of the lawyers answering said to Him, Teacher, in saying these·​·things Thou insultest us also.

46 But He said, Woe to·​·you, lawyers, also, because you burden men with burdens difficult·​·to·​·bear, and you yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

47 Woe to·​·you because you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

48 Then you bear witness to and have good·​·pleasure in the works of your fathers, for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchers.

49 By this also the wisdom of God said, I will send·​·out to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall kill and persecute,

50 that the blood of all the prophets poured·​·out from the founding of the world may be required of this generation,

51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the house*. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

52 Woe to·​·you, lawyers, because you have taken·​·away the key of knowledge; you entered not in yourselves, and those who were entering in you have forbidden.

53 And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge Him frightfully, and to provoke Him to speak of many things,

54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch something out of His mouth that they might accuse Him.

  

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.