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Luke: 11

Teaching about Prayer  Lk.11.1-13 (Judaea)[ Lk.11.1-13 → ] - Mt.6.9-15, Mt.7.7-11

1Once, in a certain place, Jesus was at prayer. When he ceased, one of his disciples said, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.' 2He answered,
'When you pray, say,

5He added, 'Suppose one of you has a friend who comes to him in the middle of the night and says, "My friend, lend me three loaves, 6for a friend of mine on a journey has turned up at my house, and I have nothing to offer him"; 7and he replies from inside, "Do not bother me. The door is shut for the night; my children and I have gone to bed; and I cannot get up and give you what you want." 8I tell you that even if he will not provide for him out of friendship, the very shamelessness of the request will make him get up and give him all he needs. 9And so I say to you, ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened. 10For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

11'Is there a father among you who will offer his son [Some witness insert: a stone when he asks for bread, or ...] a snake when he asks for fish, 12or a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13If you, then, bad as you are, know how to give your children what is good for them, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit [Some witnesses read: a good gift; some others read: good things.] to those who ask him!'

Jesus and Beelzebul  Lk.11.14-23 (Judaea)[ Lk.11.14-23 → ] - Mt.12.22-32, Mk.3.20-30, Lk.12.10

14HE WAS DRIVING OUT a devil which was dumb; and when the devil had come out, the dumb man began to speak. 15The people were astonished, but some of them said, 'It is by Beelzebub prince of devils that he drives the devils out.' 16Others, by way of a test, demanded of him a sign from heaven. 17But he knew what was in their minds, and said, 'Every kingdom divided against itself goes to ruin, and a divided household falls. 18Equally if Satan is divided against is himself, how can his kingdom stand?—since, as you would have it, I drive out the devils by Beelzebub. 19If it is by Beelzebub that I cast out devils, by whom do your own people drive them out? If this is your argument, they themselves will refute you. 20But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out the devils, then be sure the kingdom of God has already come upon you.

21'When a strong man fully armed is on guard over his castle his possessions are safe. 22But when someone stronger comes upon him and overpowers him, he carries off the arms and armour on which the man had relied and divides the plunder.

23'He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. [Some witnesses add: me.]

The Return of the Unclean Spirit  Lk.11.24-26[ Lk.11.24-26 → ] - Mt.12.43-45

24'When an unclean spirit comes out of a man it wanders over the deserts seeking a resting-place; and if it finds none, it says, "I will go back to the home I left." 25So it returns and finds the house [Some witnesses insert: unoccupied.] swept clean, and tidy. 26Off it goes and collects seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they all come in and settle down; and in the end the man's plight is worse than before.'

True Blessedness  Lk.11.27-28 (Judaea)

27While he was speaking thus, a woman in the crowd called out, 'Happy the womb that carried you and the breasts that suckled you!' 28He rejoined, 'No, happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it.'

The Demand for a Sign  Lk.11.29-32 (Judaea)[ Lk.11.29-32 → ] - Mt.12.33-37, Mk.8.11-12

29With the crowds swarming round him he went on to say: 'This is a wicked generation. It demands a sign, and the only sign that will be given to it is the sign of Jonah. 30For just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31At the Judgement, when the men of this generation are on trial, the Queen of the South will appear against [Or: will be raised to life together with ...] them and ensure their condemnation, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and what is here is greater than Solomon. 32The men of Nineveh will appear at the Judgement when this generation is on trial, and ensure [Or: At Judgement the men of Nineveh will rise again together with this generation and will ensure ...] its condemnation, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and what is here is greater than Jonah.

The Light of the Body  Lk.11.33-36 (Judaea)[ Lk.11.33-36 → ] - Mt.5.15, Mt.6.22-23

33'No one lights a lamp and puts it in a cellar, [Some witnesses insert: or under the meal-tub.] but rather on the lamp-stand so that those who enter may see the light. 34The lamp of your body is the eye. When your eyes are sound, you have light for your whole body; but when the eyes are bad, you are in darkness. 35See to it then that the light you have is not darkness. 36If you have light for your whole body with no trace of darkness, it will all be as bright as when a lamp flashes its rays upon you.'

The Denouncing of the Pharisees and Lawyers  Lk.11.37-52 (Judaea)[ Lk.11.37-52 → ] - Mt.23.1-36, Mk.12.38-40, Lk.20.45-47

37WHEN HE HAD FINISHED SPEAKING, a Pharisee invited him to dinner. 38He came in and sat down. The Pharisee noticed with surprise that he had not begun by washing before the meal. 39But the Lord said to him, 'You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate; but inside you there is nothing but greed and wickedness. 40You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? 41But let what is in the cup [Or: what you can afford.] be given in charity, and all is clean.

42'Alas for you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and rue and every garden-herb, but have no care for justice and the love of God. It is these you should have practised, without neglecting the others. [Some witnesses omit: It is ... others.]

43'Alas for you Pharisees! You love the seats of honour in synagogues, and salutations in the market-places.

44'Alas, alas, you are like unmarked graves over which men may walk without knowing it.'

45In reply to this one of the lawyers said, 'Master, when you say things like this you are insulting us too.' 46Jesus rejoined: 'Yes, you lawyers, it is no better with you! For you load men with intolerable burdens, and will not put a single finger to the load.

47'Alas, you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers murdered, 48and so testify that you approve of the deeds your fathers did; they committed the murders and you provide the tombs.

49'This is why the Wisdom of God said, "I will send them prophets and messengers; and some of these they will persecute and kill"; 50so that this generation so will have to answer for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world; 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.

52'Alas for you lawyers! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not go in yourselves, and those who were on their way in, you stopped.'

53After he had left the house, the lawyers and Pharisees began to assail him fiercely and to ply him with a host of questions, 54laying snares to catch him with his own words.


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