1Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciplessaid, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.' 2He said to them, 'When you pray, this is what to say: Father, may your name be held holy, yourkingdom come; 3give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, 4for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.' 5He also said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night tosay, "My friend, lend me three loaves, 6because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him;" 7and the man answers from inside the house, "Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and mychildren are with me in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you." 8I tel you, if the man does not get up and give it to him for friendship's sake, persistence wil make himget up and give his friend al he wants. 9'So I say to you: Ask, and it wil be given to you; search, and you wil find; knock, and the door wil beopened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks wil have thedoor opened. 11What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake? 12Or if he asked for an egg, hand him a scorpion? 13If you then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more wil theheavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!' 14He was driving out a devil and it was dumb; and it happened that when the devil had gone out thedumb man spoke, and the people were amazed. 15But some of them said, 'It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he drives devils out.' 16Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; 17but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, 'Any kingdom which is divided against itself isheading for ruin, and house col apses against house. 18So, too, with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? - since you claim thatit is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out. 19Now if it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out, through whom do your own sons drive them out?They shall be your judges, then. 20But if it is through the finger of God that I drive devils out, then the kingdom of God has indeed caughtyou unawares. 21So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own home, his goods are undisturbed; 22but when someone stronger than himself attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away allthe weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil. 23'Anyone who is not with me is against me; and anyone who does not gather in with me throws away. 24'When an unclean spirit goes out of someone it wanders through waterless country looking for aplace to rest, and not finding one it says, "I wil go back to the home I came from." 25But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, 26it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and set uphouse there, and so that person ends up worse off than before.' 27It happened that as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, 'Blessed thewomb that bore you and the breasts that fed you!' 28But he replied, 'More blessed stil are those who hear the word of God and keep it!' 29The crowds got even bigger and he addressed them, 'This is an evil generation; it is asking for a sign.The only sign it wil be given is the sign of Jonah. 30For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so wil the Son of man be a sign to thisgeneration. 31On Judgement Day the Queen of the South will stand up against the people of this generation and betheir condemnation, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, look,there is something greater than Solomon here. 32On Judgement Day the men of Nineveh wil appear against this generation and be its condemnation,because when Jonah preached they repented; and, look, there is something greater than Jonah here. 33'No one lights a lamp and puts it in some hidden place or under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. 34The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is clear, your whole body, too, is fil ed with light; butwhen it is diseased your body, too, wil be darkened. 35See to it then that the light inside you is not darkness. 36If, therefore, your whole body is fil ed with light, and not darkened at all, it wil be light entirely, aswhen the lamp shines on you with its rays.' 37He had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and satdown at table. 38The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. 39But the Lord said to him, 'You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while insideyourselves you are fil ed with extortion and wickedness. 40Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? 41Instead, give alms from what you have and, look, everything wil be clean for you. 42But alas for you Pharisees, because you pay your tithe of mint and rue and al sorts of garden herbsand neglect justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others. 43Alas for you Pharisees, because you like to take the seats of honour in the synagogues and to begreeted respectful y in the market squares! 44Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that people walk on without knowing it!' 45A lawyer then spoke up. 'Master,' he said, 'when you speak like this you insult us too.' 46But he said, 'Alas for you lawyers as wel , because you load on people burdens that are unendurable,burdens that you yourselves do not touch with your fingertips. 47'Alas for you because you build tombs for the prophets, the people your ancestors kil ed! 48In this way you both witness to what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do thebuilding. 49'And that is why the Wisdom of God said, "I wil send them prophets and apostles; some they willslaughter and persecute, 50so that this generation wil have to answer for every prophet's blood that has been shed since thefoundation of the world, 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the Temple."Yes, I tel you, this generation wil have to answer for it all. 52'Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselvesand have prevented others from going in who wanted to.' 53When he left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to forceanswers from him on innumerable questions, 54lying in wait to catch him out in something he might say.
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