Luke 11

The Lord's Prayer

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, as John also taught his disciples."

2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say:
a Our 1 Father 2 in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And b forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
4 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 of mine 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 is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? 8 "I say to you, c though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 d "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; e seek, and you will find; knock, 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 f "If a son asks for 5 bread from any father among you, 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 offer him a scorpion? 13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give g good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

Jesus and Beelzebul

14 h And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, i "He casts out demons by 6 Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." 16 Others, testing Him, j sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 k But l He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 "If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say 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 m with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 n "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 "But o when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his 7 spoils. 23 p "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

24 q "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' 25 "And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 "Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and r the last state of that man is worse than the first."

True Blessedness

27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, s "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" 28 But He said, t "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

The Sign of Jonah

29 u And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks a v sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah 8 the prophet. 30 "For as w Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 x "The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a y greater than Solomon is here. 32 "The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for z they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

The Light in You

33 a "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a b basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 c "The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is 9 good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is 10 bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 "Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 "If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."

Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers

37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 d When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner. 39 e Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but f your inward part is full of 11 greed and wickedness. 40 "Foolish ones! Did not g He who made the outside make the inside also? 41 h "But rather give alms of 12 such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.

42 i "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and j pass by justice and the k love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 43 l "Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the 13 best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 m "Woe to you, 14 scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! n For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them."

45 Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, "Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also." 46 And He said, "Woe to you also, lawyers! o For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 p "Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 "In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 "Therefore the wisdom of God also said, q 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,' 50 "that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51 r "from the blood of Abel to s 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 t "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."

53 15 And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, 16 and u seeking to catch Him in something He might say, 17 that they might accuse Him.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 6:9 - 13
    In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
  2. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:32
    And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
  3. Cross References
    Luke 18:1 - 5
    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 50:14
    Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to...
    Psalms 50:15
    Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deli...
    Jeremiah 33:3
    'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show yo...
    Matthew 7:7
    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you...
    Matthew 21:22
    "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believi...
    Mark 11:24
    Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask...
    John 15:7
    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ...
    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,...
    James 1:6
    But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for...
    1 John 3:22
    And whatever we ask we receive from Him, becaus...
    1 John 5:14
    Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,...
    1 John 5:15
    And if we know that He hears us, whatever we as...
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:6
    Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 7:9
    Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
  7. Cross References
    James 1:17
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 9:32 - 34
    As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.
    Matthew 12:22
    Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
    Matthew 12:24
    Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 9:34
    But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.
    Matthew 12:24
    Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 12:38
    Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.
    Matthew 16:1
    Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.
    Mark 8:11
    Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 12:25 - 29
    But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
    Mark 3:23 - 27
    So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan?
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 9:4
    But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
    John 2:25
    And had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 8:19
    Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 12:29
    Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
    Mark 3:27
    No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:12
    Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
    Colossians 2:15
    Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  16. Cross References
    Matthew 12:30
    He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
    Mark 9:40
    For he who is not against us is on our side.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 12:43 - 45
    When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he go...
    Mark 1:27
    Then they were all amazed, so that they questio...
    Mark 3:11
    And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him,...
    Mark 5:13
    And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then th...
    Acts 5:16
    Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding ...
    Acts 8:7
    For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, ...
  18. Cross References
    John 5:14
    Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.
    Hebrews 6:4 - 6
    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.
    Hebrews 10:26
    For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
    2 Peter 2:20
    For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
  19. Cross References
    Luke 1:28
    And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!
    Luke 1:48
    For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 1:1
    Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel...
    Psalms 1:2
    But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And ...
    Psalms 112:1
    Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears t...
    Psalms 119:1
    Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk ...
    Psalms 119:2
    Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who...
    Isaiah 48:17
    Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One...
    Isaiah 48:18
    Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then y...
    Matthew 7:21
    Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shal...
    Luke 8:21
    But He answered and said to them, "My mother an...
    James 1:25
    But he who looks into the perfect law of libert...
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 12:38 - 42
    Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.
  22. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:22
    For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom.
  23. Cross References
    Jonah 1:17
    Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swall...
    Jonah 2:10
    So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited J...
    Jonah 3:3 - 10
    So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according t...
    Luke 24:46
    Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and ...
    Acts 10:40
    Him God raised up on the third day, and showed ...
    1 Corinthians 15:4
    And that He was buried, and that He rose again ...
  24. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:1 - 9
    Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
    2 Chronicles 9:1 - 8
    Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Romans 9:5
    Of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
  26. Cross References
    Jonah 3:5
    So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
  27. Cross References
    Matthew 5:15
    Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
    Mark 4:21
    Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
    Luke 8:16
    No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
  28. Cross References
    Matthew 5:15
    Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
  29. Cross References
    Matthew 6:22
    The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
    Matthew 6:23
    But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 15:2
    "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
    Mark 7:2
    Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.
    Mark 7:3
    For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.
  31. Cross References
    Matthew 23:25
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
  32. Cross References
    Genesis 6:5
    Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
    Titus 1:15
    To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
  33. Cross References
    Genesis 1:26
    Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
    Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
  34. Cross References
    Isaiah 58:7
    Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
    Daniel 4:27
    Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.
    Luke 12:33
    Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
    Luke 16:9
    And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
  35. Cross References
    Matthew 23:23
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
  36. Cross References
    Micah 6:7
    Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
    Micah 6:8
    He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
  37. Cross References
    John 5:42
    But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
  38. Cross References
    Matthew 23:6
    They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues.
    Mark 12:38
    Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces.
    Mark 12:39
    The best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts.
    Luke 14:7
    So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
    Luke 20:46
    Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts.
  39. Cross References
    Matthew 23:27
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 5:9
    For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.
  41. Cross References
    Matthew 23:4
    For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
  42. Cross References
    Matthew 23:29
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.
    Acts 7:52
    Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers.
  43. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:20
    Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
    Matthew 23:34
    Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.
  44. Cross References
    Genesis 4:8
    Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
    2 Chronicles 36:16
    But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
  45. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 24:20
    Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, "Thus says God: 'Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He also has forsaken you.'
    2 Chronicles 24:21
    So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
  46. Cross References
    Matthew 23:13
    But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
  47. Cross References
    Mark 12:13
    Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
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