One day Jesus was praying1 in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord,2 teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say: " 'Father,a hallowed be your name, your kingdom3 come.b3Give us each day our daily bread.4Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.c4 And lead us not into temptation.d ' "55
Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,6because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.'7"Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.'8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldnesse he will get up and give him as much as he needs.69"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;7 seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.11"Which of you fathers, if your son asks forf a fish, will give him a snake instead?12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.815
But some of them said, "By Beelzebub,g9 the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."1016
Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.1117
Jesus knew their thoughts12 and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.18If Satan13 is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub.19Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.20But if I drive out demons by the finger of God,14 then the kingdom of God15 has come to you.21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.22But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.23"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.1624"When an evilh spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.'25When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.26Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."1727
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."1828
He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God19 and obey it."20