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1 Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, "Lord, 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 He said, "This is how you should pray: "Father, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. 2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: " 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
3 Give us our food day by day. 3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins -- just as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And don't let us yield to temptation. " 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ' "
5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this illustration: "Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would say to him, 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 'A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.' 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.'
7 He would call out from his bedroom, 'Don't bother me. The door is locked for the night, and we are all in bed. I can't help you this time.' 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 I tell you this -- though he won't do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you what you want so his reputation won't be damaged. 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 "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 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 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 "You fathers -- if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
13 If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who 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 One day Jesus cast a demon out of a man who couldn't speak, and the man's voice returned to him. The crowd was amazed, 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 said, "No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons!" 15 But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."
16 Trying to test Jesus, others asked for a miraculous sign from heaven to see if he was from God. 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.
17 He knew their thoughts, so he said, "Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A divided home is also doomed. 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 You say I am empowered by the prince of demons. But if Satan is fighting against himself by empowering me to cast out his demons, how can his kingdom survive? 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 And if I am empowered by the prince of demons, what about your own followers? They cast out demons, too, so they will judge you for what you have said. 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 I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
21 For when Satan, who is completely armed, guards his palace, it is safe -- 21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
22 until someone who is stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings. 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 "Anyone who isn't helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me. 23 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
24 "When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' 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 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.
26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before." 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 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, "God bless your mother -- the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!" 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 He replied, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." 28 He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
29 As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, "These are evil times, and this evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 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 happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to me will be a sign that God has sent me, the Son of Man, to these people. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 "The queen of Sheba will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And now someone greater than Solomon is here -- and you refuse to listen to him. 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 The people of Nineveh, too, will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here -- and you refuse to repent. 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 and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room. 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 for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. 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 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you." 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 As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place 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 His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the ceremonial washing required by Jewish custom. 38 But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised.
39 Then the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are still filthy -- full of greed and wickedness! 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 Fools! Didn't God make the inside as well as the outside? 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?
41 So give to the needy what you greedily possess, and you will be clean all over. 41 But give what is inside [the dish] to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
42 "But how terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things. 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 "How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For how you love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the respectful greetings from everyone as you walk through the markets! 43 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
44 Yes, how terrible it will be for you. For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on." 44 "Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."
45 "Teacher," said an expert in religious law, "you have insulted us, too, in what you just said." 45 One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."
46 "Yes," said Jesus, "how terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you crush people beneath impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to help ease the burden. 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 How terrible it will be for you! For you build tombs for the very prophets your ancestors killed long ago. 47 "Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them.
48 Murderers! You agree with your ancestors that what they did was right. You would have done the same yourselves. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.
49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you: 'I will send prophets and apostles to them, and they will kill some and persecute the others.' 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 "And you of this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God's prophets from the creation of the world -- 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 murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will surely be charged against you. 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 "How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering." 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 Jesus finished speaking, the Pharisees and teachers of religious law were furious. From that time on they grilled him with many hostile questions, 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 trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him. 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.