1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples."
2 So He said to them, "Whenever you pray, say: Our Father in the heavens, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one]."
5 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 for a friend has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him';
7 and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door has already been shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give to you'?
8 I say to you, even if he will not get up and give to him, because he is his friend, yet on account of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9 "So I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall 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 And which father among you, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? Or [if he asks for] a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know [how] to give good gifts to your children, by how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon came out, that the mute man spoke; and the crowds marveled.
15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."
16 But others, testing [Him,] were seeking from Him a sign from heaven.
17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate, and a house divided against a house falls.
18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say [that ]I cast out demons by Beelzebub.
19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? Therefore they will be your judges.
20 But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are in peace.
22 But when someone stronger [than] he comes upon [him,] he overcomes him, [and ]he takes away his full armor in which he had trusted, and distributes his spoils.
23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
24 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through waterless places, seeking rest; and not finding [any], he says, 'I will return to my house from where I came out.'
25 And coming, he finds it swept and adorned.
26 Then he goes and takes along seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they come and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first."
27 And it happened, while He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised [her] voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb which bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!"
28 But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
29 Now as the crowds gathered even more, He began to say, "This generation is evil. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.
31 The queen of the South shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and shall condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed [one] greater than Solomon is here.
32 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed [one] greater than Jonah is here.
33 "No one, having lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.
34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is evil, your body also is dark.
35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
36 Therefore if your whole body is full of light, not having any part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives light to you."
37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked that He would eat with him. And having entered, He reclined [to eat].
38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before the meal.
39 But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but the inside of you is full of greed and evil.
40 Fools! Did not He who made the outside also make the inside?
41 Nevertheless give what is inside as alms; and see, all things are clean to you.
42 But woe to you Pharisees! Because you pay a tithe of mint and rue and every vegetable, and you pass over justice and the love of God. These things[ ]you ought to have done, without leaving the others [undone].
43 Woe to you Pharisees! Because you love the first seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you are like unmarked graves, and the men walking over them do not know it."
45 Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, "Teacher, by saying these things You insult us also."
46 And He said, "Woe to you lawyers as well! Because you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe to you! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Consequently, you bear witness to and approve of the deeds of your fathers; because they indeed killed them, but you build their tombs.
49 Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles, and [some] of them they will kill and persecute,'
50 so that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required from this generation,
51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe to you lawyers! Because you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter in, and those who were entering in you hindered."
53 And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be dreadfully hostile, and to cross-examine Him about many things,
54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, so that they might accuse Him.