It happened that whileaJesus was praying in a certainplace, after He had finished, one of His disciplessaid to Him, "Lord, teach us to prayjust as Johnalsotaught his disciples."
And He said to them, "1When you pray, say:'bFather, hallowed be Your name.Your kingdomcome.3'Give us 2eachday our cdailybread.4'And forgive us our sins,For we ourselvesalsoforgiveeveryone who 3is indebted to us.And lead us not into temptation.' "5Then He said to them, "dSupposeone of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me threeloaves;6for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I havenothing to setbefore him';7and from inside he answers and says, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my childreneand I are in bed; I cannotget up and give you anything.'8"I tell you, eventhough he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet4because of his fpersistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.9"So I say to you, g5ask, and it will be given to you; hseek, and you will find; iknock, and it will be opened to you.10"For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.11"Nowjsupposeone of you fathers is asked by his son for a kfish; he will not give him a snakeinstead of a fish, will he?12"Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?13"6If you then, beingevil, knowhow to givegoodgifts to your children, howmuchmore will your lheavenlyFathergive the HolySpirit to those who ask Him?"
147And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mutemanspoke; and the crowds were amazed.
But some of them said, "He casts out demons8by 9Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons."
16Others, mto test Him, 10were demanding of Him a nsign from heaven.
1711But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "oAnykingdomdividedagainstitself is laidwaste; and a house divided againstpitselffalls.18"If12Satanalso is dividedagainsthimself, how will his kingdomstand? For you say that I cast out demons by 13Beelzebul.19"And if I by 14Beelzebulcast out demons, by whom do your sonscast them out? So they will be your judges.20"But if I cast out demons by the 15finger of God, then16the kingdom of God has come upon you.21"Whenqa strong man, fullyarmed, guards his ownhouse, his possessions are rundisturbed .22"But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takesaway from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.23"17He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.24"18When the uncleanspiritgoes out of sa man, it passesthroughwaterlessplacesseekingrest, and not finding any, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.'25"And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.26"Then it goes and takes along sevenotherspiritsmoreevil than itself, and they go in and livethere; and the last state of that manbecomesworse than the first."27WhiletJesus was sayingthesethings, one of the women in the crowdraised her voice and said to Him, "19Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed."
But He said, "On the contrary , blessed are 20those who hear the word of God and observe it."