Luke 11

Luke 11

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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."

2 He said, "This is how you should pray: "Father, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon.1

3 Give us our food day by day.2

4 And forgive us our sins-- just as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And don't let us yield to temptation.*"3

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,

6 `A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.'

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.'

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.*4

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.

10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.

11 "You fathers--if your children ask* for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?5

12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!

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."

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,

15 but some said, "No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,* the prince of demons!"6

16 Trying to test Jesus, others asked for a miraculous sign from heaven to see if he was from God.

17 He knew their thoughts, so he said, "Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A divided home is also doomed.

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?7

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.

20 But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.

21 For when Satan,* who is completely armed, guards his palace, it is safe--8

22 until someone who is stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

23 "Anyone who isn't helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me.

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.'

25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean.

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."

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!"

28 He replied, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice."

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.

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.

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1: Some manuscripts add additional portions of the Lord's Prayer as it reads in Matt 6:9-13.

2: Some manuscripts add additional portions of the Lord's Prayer as it reads in Matt 6:9-13.

3: Some manuscripts add additional portions of the Lord's Prayer as it reads in Matt 6:9-13.

4: Greek in order to avoid shame, or because of [your] persistence.

5: Some manuscripts add for bread, do you give them a stone? Or if they ask.

6: Greek Beelzeboul.

7: Greek by Beelzeboul; also in 11:19.

8: Greek the strong one.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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