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.
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.
Give us our daily◦ bread according··to the day*.
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◦*.
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;
for a friend of mine in his journey has come▫ to me, and I have not anything to set··before him.
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.
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.
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.
For◦ everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
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?
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?
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?
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.
But◦ some of them said◦, He casts··out demons by◦ Beelzebub* the ruler of the demons.
And◦ others◦, tempting Him, sought of▵ Him a sign from◦ heaven.
But◦ He, seeing◦ their thoughts◦, said◦ to them, Every kingdom divided against◦ itself is made··desolate, and a house divided against◦ a house falls.
And◦ if· Satan ·also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.
And◦ if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges.
But◦ if I by the finger of God cast out demons, certainly the kingdom of God has come to you.
When the strong one, fully··armed, guards his··own◦ dwelling, his belongings are in peace;
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.
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who gathers not with Me scatters.
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;
and when he comes, he finds it swept and adorned.
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.
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.
But◦ He said, Rather, happy are they who hear the Word of God and guard it.
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.
For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also shall the Son of Man be to this generation.
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.
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.
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◦.
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;
take heed, therefore, that the light that is in thee be not darkness.
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.
And◦ as He spoke, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him; and◦ He went in, and reclined▵.
But◦ the Pharisee, seeing◦, marveled that He had not first washed··thoroughly before dinner.
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.
Senseless ones! Did not He who made that which is outside make that which is inside also?
Nevertheless give the things that are··within for alms, and behold◦, all things are clean to you.
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.
Woe to··you, Pharisees, because you love the first··seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
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.
And◦ one of the lawyers answering said to Him, Teacher, in saying these··things Thou insultest us also.
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.
Woe to··you because you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and◦ your fathers killed them.
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.
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,
that◦ the blood of all the prophets poured··out from the founding of the world may be required of this generation,
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.
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.
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,
lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch◦ something out of His mouth that they might accuse Him.