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Luke 11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, "Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples." 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."
2 So he said, "When you pray, say, Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. 2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: " 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
3 Keep us alive with three square meals. 3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil." 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ' "
5 Then he said, "Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. 5 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,
6 An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don't have a thing on hand.' 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.'
7 "The friend answers from his bed, 'Don't bother me. The door's locked; my children are all down for the night; I can't get up to give you anything.' 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.'
8 "But let me tell you, even if he won't get up because he's a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he'll finally get up and get you whatever you need. 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9 "Here's what I'm saying: Ask and you'll get; Seek and you'll find; Knock and the door will open. 9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
10 "Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? 11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
12 If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
13 As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing - you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?" 13 If 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!"
14 Jesus delivered a man from a demon that had kept him speechless. The demon gone, the man started talking a blue streak, taking the crowd by complete surprise. 14 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.
15 But some from the crowd were cynical. "Black magic," they said. "Some devil trick he's pulled from his sleeve." 15 But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."
16 Others were skeptical, waiting around for him to prove himself with a spectacular miracle. 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
17 Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, "Any country in civil war for very long is wasted. A constantly squabbling family falls to pieces. 17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.
18 If Satan cancels Satan, is there any Satan left? You accuse me of ganging up with the Devil, the prince of demons, to cast out demons, 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub.
19 but if you're slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil who kicks out devils, doesn't the same mud stick to your own exorcists? 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.
20 But if it's God's finger I'm pointing that sends the demons on their way, then God's kingdom is here for sure. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
21 "When a strong man, armed to the teeth, stands guard in his front yard, his property is safe and sound. 21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
22 But what if a stronger man comes along with superior weapons? Then he's beaten at his own game, the arsenal that gave him such confidence hauled off, and his precious possessions plundered. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.
23 "This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse. 23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
24 "When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' 24 "When an evil 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.'
25 On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.
26 It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place." 26 Then 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."
27 While he was saying these things, some woman lifted her voice above the murmur of the crowd: "Blessed the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!" 27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."
28 Jesus commented, "Even more blessed are those who hear God's Word and guard it with their lives!" 28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
29 As the crowd swelled, he took a fresh tack: "The mood of this age is all wrong. Everybody's looking for proof, but you're looking for the wrong kind. All you're looking for is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. But the only proof you're going to get is the Jonah-proof given to the Ninevites, which looks like no proof at all. 29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.
30 What Jonah was to Nineveh, the Son of Man is to this age. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 "On Judgment Day the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about 'proofs.' 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.
32 On Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that condemns this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon's is right in front of you, and you quibble over 'evidence.' 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.
33 "No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It's put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they're going. 33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.
34 Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
35 Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don't get musty and murky. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
36 Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room." Frauds! 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
37 When he finished that talk, a Pharisee asked him to dinner. He entered his house and sat right down at the table. 37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.
38 The Pharisee was shocked and somewhat offended when he saw that Jesus didn't wash up before the meal. 38 But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised.
39 But the Master said to him, "I know you Pharisees burnish the surface of your cups and plates so they sparkle in the sun, but I also know your insides are maggoty with greed and secret evil. 39 Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.
40 Stupid Pharisees! Didn't the One who made the outside also make the inside? 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?
41 Turn both your pockets and your hearts inside out and give generously to the poor; then your lives will be clean, not just your dishes and your hands. 41 But give what is inside [the dish] to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
42 "I've had it with you! You're hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but manage to find loopholes for getting around basic matters of justice and God's love. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. 42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
43 "You're hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You love sitting at the head table at church dinners, love preening yourselves in the radiance of public flattery. 43 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
44 Frauds! You're just like unmarked graves: People walk over that nice, grassy surface, never suspecting the rot and corruption that is six feet under." 44 "Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."
45 One of the religion scholars spoke up: "Teacher, do you realize that in saying these things you're insulting us?" 45 One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."
46 He said, "Yes, and I can be even more explicit. You're hopeless, you religion scholars! You load people down with rules and regulations, nearly breaking their backs, but never lift even a finger to help. 46 Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
47 "You're hopeless! You build tombs for the prophets your ancestors killed. 47 "Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them.
48 The tombs you build are monuments to your murdering ancestors more than to the murdered prophets. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.
49 That accounts for God's Wisdom saying, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, but they'll kill them and run them off.' 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.'
50 What it means is that every drop of righteous blood ever spilled from the time earth began until now,. 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world,
51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was struck down between altar and sanctuary, is on your heads. Yes, it's on the bill of this generation and this generation will pay. 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
52 "You're hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them. You won't go in yourself, and won't let anyone else in either." 52 "Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."
53 As soon as Jesus left the table, the religion scholars and Pharisees went into a rage. They went over and over everything he said, 53 When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions,
54 plotting how they could trap him in something from his own mouth. 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.