He also said to them: "Suppose one of you a has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don't have anything to offer him.' b7
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.'
I tell you, even though he won't get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, c he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
"So I say to you, keep asking, d and it will be given to you. Keep searching, e and you will find. Keep knocking, f and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you, if his son g asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?
Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give h the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"