Bible: Luke 11

Instructions on Prayer

11:1 Now 1  Jesus 2  was praying in a certain place. When 3  he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 4  taught 5  his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 6  say:

Father, 7  may your name be honored; 8 

may your kingdom come. 9 

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 10 

11:4 and forgive us our sins,

for we also forgive everyone who sins 11  against us.

And do not lead us into temptation.” 12 

11:5 Then 13  he said to them, “Suppose one of you 14  has a friend, and you go to him 15  at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 16  11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 17  and I have nothing to set before 18  him.’ 11:7 Then 19  he will reply 20  from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 21  I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 22  11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 23  will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 24  sheer persistence 25  he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

11:9So 26  I tell you: Ask, 27  and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 28  will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 29  receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 30  will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 31  son asks for 32  a fish, will give him a snake 33  instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 34  11:13 If you then, although you are 35  evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 36  to those who ask him!

Jesus and Beelzebul

11:14 Now 37  he was casting out a demon that was mute. 38  When 39  the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 40  and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 41  the ruler 42  of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 43  him, 44  began asking for 45  a sign 46  from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 47  realizing their thoughts, said to them, 48 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 49  and a divided household falls. 50  11:18 So 51  if 52  Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 53  you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 54  cast them 55  out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 56  of God, then the kingdom of God 57  has already overtaken 58  you. 11:21 When a strong man, 59  fully armed, guards his own palace, 60  his possessions are safe. 61  11:22 But 62  when a stronger man 63  attacks 64  and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 65  armor on which the man relied 66  and divides up 67  his plunder. 68  11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 69  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 70 

Response to Jesus’ Work

11:24When an unclean spirit 71  goes out of a person, 72  it passes through waterless places 73  looking for rest but 74  not finding any. Then 75  it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 76  11:25 When it returns, 77  it finds the house 78  swept clean and put in order. 79  11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 80  the last state of that person 81  is worse than the first.” 82 

11:27 As 83  he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 84  to him, “Blessed is the womb 85  that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed! 86  11:28 But he replied, 87 Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 88  it!

The Sign of Jonah

11:29 As 89  the crowds were increasing, Jesus 90  began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 91  but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 92  11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 93  so the Son of Man will be a sign 94  to this generation. 95  11:31 The queen of the South 96  will rise up at the judgment 97  with the people 98  of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 99  something greater 100  than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 101  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 102  – and now, 103  something greater than Jonah is here!

Internal Light

11:33No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 104  or under a basket, 105  but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, 106  your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 107  your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 108  that the light in you 109  is not darkness. 11:36 If 110  then 111  your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 112  it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 113 

Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law

11:37 As he spoke, 114  a Pharisee 115  invited Jesus 116  to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 117  11:38 The 118  Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 119  did not first wash his hands 120  before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 121  the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 122  11:40 You fools! 123  Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 124  11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 125  and 126  then everything will be clean for you. 127 

11:42But woe to you Pharisees! 128  You give a tenth 129  of your mint, 130  rue, 131  and every herb, yet you neglect justice 132  and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 133  11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 134  in the synagogues 135  and elaborate greetings 136  in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 137  You are like unmarked graves, and people 138  walk over them without realizing it! 139 

11:45 One of the experts in religious law 140  answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 141  us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 142  replied, 143 Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 144  You load people 145  down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 146  the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 147  the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 148  killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 149  the deeds of your ancestors, 150  because they killed the prophets 151  and you build their 152  tombs! 153  11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 154  of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 155  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 156  of the world, 157  11:51 from the blood of Abel 158  to the blood of Zechariah, 159  who was killed 160  between the altar and the sanctuary. 161  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 162  this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 163  the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 164  those who were going in.”

11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 165  and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 166  and to ask him hostile questions 167  about many things, 11:54 plotting against 168  him, to catch 169  him in something he might say.

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