Teaching concerning prayer
while He was in a certain place praying, when He ceased, a certain one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.
He said to them, aWhen
, say, 2bFather
, Your name be csanctified
; Your dkingdom
us each day our daily abread
us our sins, for we also forgive everyone bindebted
to us. And do not bring us into ctemptation
He said to them, Who among you will have a friend and will go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves,
a friend of mine has come to me from a journey and I have nothing to set before him;
that one, from inside, will answer and say, Do not trouble me; the door is already shut and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise up and give you anything?
say to you, Even though he will not rise up and give him anything
because he is his friend, surely because of his shameless persistence he will rise and give him what he needs.
I say to you, bAsk
and it shall be given to you; cseek
and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.
everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.
what father among you 1whose
son shall ask for a fish will instead of a fish hand him a snake?
he shall also ask for an egg will hand him a scorpion?
you then being aevil
to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father who is from heaven give the 1bHoly
Spirit to those who 2ask
Rejected by the evil generation
He was acasting
out a demon, and it was dumb. And when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the crowds marveled.
some of them said, By 1aBeelzebul
, the ruler of the demons, He casts out the demons.
others, atempting Him, bsought
from Him a sign out of heaven.
, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and a house divided
against a house falls.
if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? For you say that it is
by Beelzebul that
I cast out the demons.
if I by Beelzebul acast
out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them
out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
if I by the 1finger
of God cast out the demons, then the akingdom
of God has come upon you.
man, fully armed, guards his own 1homestead
, his possessions are in peace.
when one 1stronger
than he comes upon him
him, he takes away his whole armor in which he had trusted and bdistributes
who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
the unclean aspirit
goes out from the man, it roams through waterless places, seeking rest, and not finding it,
it says, I will return to my house from which I came out.
it comes and finds it
swept and decorated.
it goes and takes along other spirits more evil than itself, seven of them,
and they enter and settle down there. And the last state
of that man becomes aworse
than the first.
as He said these things, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up her
voice and said to Him, aBlessed
is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.
He said, Blessed rather are those who ahear
the word of God and keep it.
as the crowds were thronging together, He began to say, aThis
generation is an evil generation; it bseeks
a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of cJonah
even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
of the south will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and will bcondemn
them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the cwisdom
of Solomon, and behold, something dmore
than Solomon is here.
men will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they brepented
at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something more than Jonah is here.
Warning not to remain in darkness
one, after lighting a 1alamp
, puts it
in the cellar or under the 2bushel
, but on the 3lampstand
, in order that those who enter in may see the light.
of the body is your eye. When your eye is 1single
, your whole body also is 2full
of light; but when it is 3bevil
, your body also is dark.
out therefore that the 1light
which is in you is not darkness.
therefore your whole body is full of light and does not have any dark part, the whole will be full of light as when the lamp with its rays illuminates you.
Rebuking the Pharisees and lawyers
as He spoke, a Pharisee asked Him to have the 1morning ameal
with him; and He went in and reclined at table.
the Pharisee, seeing it,
marveled that He had not first 1awashed
before the meal.
the Lord said to him, Again, you Pharisees acleanse
the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inside is full of extortion and wickedness.
ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
the things which are 1within
as alms, and behold, all things are bclean
woe to you, Pharisees! For you agive
a tenth of the bmint
and the rue and every herb, and pass by 1cjustice
and love for God. But these you should have done and 2not
passed by the others.
to you, Pharisees! For you love the achief
seat in the synagogues and the greetings in the bmarketplaces
to you! For you are like the unseen atombs
, and the men who walk over them
do not know it.
one of the alawyers
answered and said to Him, Teacher, by saying these things, you 1insult
He said, Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens ahard
to bear, yet you yourselves do not 1touch
the burdens with one of your fingers.
to you! For you abuild
up the 1tombs
of the prophets, and your fathers bkilled
are witnesses then and fully approve of the works of your fathers, because they killed them, and you build up their tombs.
of God also has said, I will asend
to them bprophets
and apostles, and some of them they will ckill
order that the ablood
of all the prophets which has been poured out bfrom
the foundation of the world may be crequired
of this generation,
the blood of aAbel
to the blood of bZachariah
, who perished between the altar and the house. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of 1this
to you alawyers
! For you have taken away the key of bknowledge
; you yourselves did not enter, and those who were entering, you 1chindered
when He went out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to provoke Him to speak concerning many things,
in wait for Him in order to 1catch bsomething
out of His mouth.