3Give us day by day our daily bread.
4And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not bring us into temptation.’”
5And he said to them, “Which of you has a friend, and will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
6for a friend of mine has just come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.’
7And he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me. The door has already been locked and my children are with me in bed. I am not able to get up and give you anything.’
9“And I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.
10For everyone who keeps asking receives, and the one who keeps seeking finds, and to the one who keeps knocking it will be opened.
11“And what father is there among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a snake?
12Or if he asks for an egg, he will give him a scorpion?
13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give holy spirit to those who ask him?”
14And he was casting out a demon that made people unable to speak. And it came to pass when the demon had gone out the mute man spoke, and the multitudes were amazed.
15But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”
16And others, testing him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.
17But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.
18And also, if the Adversarya is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I say this because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
19And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
20But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
21“When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own court, his possessions are in peace.
22But when a stronger man than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him his armor in which he had trusted and distributes his plunder.
24“When the unclean spirit goes out of the person, it passes through waterless places seeking a resting place, and yet finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
25And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.
26Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter in and live there, and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”
27And it came to pass as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you, and the breasts that you sucked.”
28But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
29And when the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation, it seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
30For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31The queen of the south will rise up in the Judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and Look!, someone greater than Solomon is here.
32The men of Nineveh will stand up in the Judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and Look!, someone greater than Jonah is here.
33“No one, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a covered place, nor under a peck-basket,b but on the lampstand, so that those who enter can see the light.
34The lamp of your body is your eye. When your eye is single,c your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil,d your body also is full of darkness.
35Watch out, then, that the light that is in you is not darkness.
36If then your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be full of light like when a lamp with its radiance gives you light.”
37Now as he spoke, a Pharisee asks him to dine with him, and he went in and reclined to eat.
38And when the Pharisee saw it, he was amazed that he had not first washed himself before dinner.
39And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but inside of you, you are full of extortion and wickedness.
40You senseless ones, did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?
41But give those things that are within as charitable gifts, and see!, all things are clean to you.
45And one of the lawyers answering says to him, “Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also.”
46And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with loads that are grievous to carry, and yet you yourselves do not touch the loads with one of your fingers.
47“Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48So you are witnesses and fully approve of the works of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
49Because of this, the wisdom of God also said, I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute
50with the result that the blood of all the prophets that was shed from the foundation of the world will be required of this generation,
51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I say to you, it will be required of this generation.
53And when he had come out from there, the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to press upon him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things,
54laying in wait for him, to catch something out of his mouth.