pMatt. 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7, 16; 16:23, 24; James 1:5, 6, 17; 1 John 3:22; 5:14, 15
The Lord’s Prayer1Now Jesus ▼
▼Greek hewas praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray b as John taught his disciples.” 2And he said to them, c “When you pray, say: d “Father e hallowed be f your name.
g Your kingdom come.
3 h Give us i each day our daily bread ▼
▼Or our bread for tomorrow
4and k forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And l lead us not into temptation.”
5And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything m because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence ▼
▼Or persistencehe will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9And I tell you o ask, and p it will be given to you; q seek, and you will find; r knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11What father among you, if his son asks for ▼
▼Some manuscripts insert bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks fora fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then t who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father u give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Jesus and Beelzebul14 v Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15But some of them said, “He casts out demons w by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16while others x to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 y But he z knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul aa by whom do ab your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20But if it is by ac the finger of God that I cast out demons, then ad the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 ae but when one stronger than he attacks him and af overcomes him, he takes away his ag armor in which he trusted and ah divides his spoil. 23 ai Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Return of an Unclean Spirit24 aj “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through ak waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And al the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
True Blessedness27As he said these things am a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him an “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28But he said, ao “Blessed rather are those ap who hear the word of God and aq keep it!”
The Sign of Jonah29 ar When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, as “This generation is an evil generation. at It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30For as au Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 av The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and aw condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold ax something greater than Solomon is here. 32 ay The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and az condemn it, for ba they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold bb something greater than Jonah is here.
The Light in You33 bc “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34Your eye is bd the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is be bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 bf Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright bg as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers37While Jesus ▼
▼Greek hewas speaking bi a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. 38The Pharisee was astonished to see bj that he did not first wash before dinner. 39And the Lord said to him, bk “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of bl greed and wickedness. 40 bm You fools! bn Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41But bo give as alms those things that are within, and behold bp everything is clean for you. 42 bq “But woe to you Pharisees! For br you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect bs justice and bt the love of God. bu These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 43Woe to you Pharisees! For bv you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44Woe to you! bw For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.” 45One of bx the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” 46And he said, “Woe to you by lawyers also! For bz you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 ca Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. 48 cb So you are witnesses and you cc consent to the deeds of cd your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49Therefore also ce the Wisdom of God said cf ‘I will send them cg prophets and apostles ch some of whom they will ci kill and persecute,’ 50so that cj the blood of all the prophets, shed ck from the foundation of the world, may be cl charged against this generation, 51from the blood of cm Abel to the blood of cn Zechariah, who perished between co the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be cp required of this generation. 52Woe to you cq lawyers! cr For you have taken away the key of cs knowledge. You ct did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.” 53As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things, 54 cu lying in wait for him cv to catch him in something he might say.
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