Luke 11

The Model Prayer

1 He was praying a in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” b

2He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say: c

Other mss read Our Father in heaven

Your name f be honored as holy. g
Your kingdom come.
Other mss add Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

3 Give us each day our daily bread.
Or our bread for tomorrow

4 And forgive us our sins, l
for we ourselves also forgive everyone
in debt to us.
Or everyone who wrongs us

And do not bring us into temptation.
Other mss add But deliver us from the evil one

Keep Asking, Searching, Knocking

5 He also said to them: “Suppose one of you
Lit Who of you
has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’
Lit I have nothing to set before him
7 Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ 8I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s persistence,
Or annoying persistence, or shamelessness
he will get up and give him as much as he needs. t

9“So u I say to you, keep asking,
Or you, ask
w and it will be given to you. Keep searching,
Or Search
y and you will find. Keep knocking,
Or Knock
aa and the door will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son
Other mss read son asks for bread, would give him a stone? Or if he
asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, ac know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father ad give
Lit the Father from heaven will give
the Holy Spirit af to those who ask Him?

A House Divided

14 Now ag He was driving out a demon ah that was mute.
A demon that caused the man to be mute
aj When the demon came out, the man who had been mute, spoke, and the crowds were amazed.
15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by
Beelzebul: A term of slander, which was variously interpreted "lord of flies," "lord of dung," or "ruler of demons"; 2 Kg 1:2; Mk 3:22
Beelzebul, al the ruler am of the demons!” an
16 And others, as a test, ao were demanding of Him a sign ap from heaven.

17 Knowing their thoughts, aq He told them: “Every kingdom divided ar against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls. 18 If Satan as also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom at stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, who is it your sons
Your exorcists
av drive them out by? For this reason they will be your judges.
20 If I drive out demons by the finger of God, aw then the kingdom of God ax has come to you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure.
Lit his possessions are in peace
22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers az him, he takes from him all his weapons
Gk panoplia, the armor and weapons of a foot soldier; Eph 6:11,13
bb he trusted bc in, and divides up his plunder. bd
23 Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, be and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.

An Unclean Spirit’s Return

24 “When bf an
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean spirit bh comes out of a man, it roams through waterless places looking for rest, bi and not finding rest, it then
Other mss omit then
says, ‘I’ll go back to my house where I came from.’
25 And returning, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits bk more evil than itself, and they enter and settle down there. As a result, that man’s last condition is worse than the first.” bl

True Blessedness

27 As He was saying these things, a woman from the crowd bm raised her voice and said to Him, “The womb that bore You and the one who nursed You bn are blessed!”

28 He said, “Even more, those who hear the word of God bo and keep it bp are blessed!

The Sign of Jonah

29 As the crowds were increasing, He began saying: “This generation bq is an evil generation. br It demands a sign, bs but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
Other mss add the prophet
30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so also the
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man bw will be to this generation.
31The queen of the south bx will rise up at the judgment by with the men of this generation and condemn bz them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, ca and look – something greater than Solomon is here! 32The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation, and look – something greater than Jonah is here!

The Lamp of the Body

33“No cb one lights a lamp cc and puts it in the cellar or under a basket,
Other mss omit or under a basket
but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light.
34 Your eye is the lamp of the body. ce When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, cf your body is also full of darkness. 35Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
Or shines on you with its rays

Religious Hypocrisy Denounced

37 As He was speaking, a
Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral law
Pharisee ci asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and reclined at the table.
38When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that He did not first perform the ritual washing
Lit He did not first wash
ck before dinner. cl
39 But the Lord said to him: “Now you Pharisees
clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed cn and evil. co
40 Fools! cp Didn’t He who made the outside make the inside too? 41 But give from what is within to the poor,
Or But donate from the heart as charity
cr and then everything is clean cs for you.

42 “But woe ct to you Pharisees! You give a tenth
Or a tithe
cv of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass
Or neglect
justice cx and love for God.
Lit the justice and the love of God
cz These things you should have done without neglecting the others.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees! You love the front seat da in the
synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scriptures
synagogues dc and greetings in the marketplaces.

44 “Woe to you!
Other mss read you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
You are like unmarked graves; de the people who walk over them don’t know it.

45 One of the experts in the law df answered Him, “Teacher, when You say these things You insult us too.”

46 Then He said: “Woe also to you experts in the law! You load people with burdens dg that are hard to carry, yet you yourselves don’t touch these burdens with one of your fingers. dh

47 “Woe to you! You build monuments
Or graves
to the prophets, dj and your fathers killed dk them.
48 Therefore, you are witnesses dl that you approve
Lit witnesses and approve
dn the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.
Other mss omit their monuments
49Because of this, the wisdom of God dp said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, dq and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ dr 50so that this generation ds may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world
Lit so that the blood of all . . . world may be required of this generation,
51 from the blood of Abel dv to the blood of Zechariah, dw who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.“Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible.
Lit you, it will be required of this generation

52 “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge! dy You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered dz those who were going in.

53When He left there,
Other mss read And as He was saying these things to them
scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal cases
scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose ec Him fiercely and to cross-examine Him about many things;
54they were lying in wait ed for Him to trap Him in something He said.
Other mss add so that they might bring charges against Him
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