THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
6. Teaching concerning Prayer
1 And while He was in a certain place praying, when He ceased, a certain one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.
2 And He said to them, aWhen you 1pray, say, 2bFather, Your name be csanctified; Your dkingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily abread.
4 And aforgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone bindebted to us. And do not bring us into ctemptation.
5 And He said to them, Who among you will have a friend and will go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves,
6 Since a friend of mine has come to me from a journey and I have nothing to set before him;
7 And that one, from inside, will answer and say, Do not trouble me; the door is already shut and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise up and give you anything?
8 I say to you, Even though he will not rise up and give him anything because he is his friend, surely because of his shameless persistence he will rise and give him what he needs.
9 1aAnd I say to you, bAsk and it shall be given to you; cseek 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 shall be opened.
11 But what father among you 1whose son shall ask for a fish will instead of a fish hand him a snake?
12 Or if he shall also ask for an egg will hand him a scorpion?
13 If you then being aevil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father who is from heaven give the 1bHoly Spirit to those who 2ask Him!
7. Rejected by the Evil Generation
14 1And once He was acasting out a demon, and it was dumb. And when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the crowds marveled.
15 But some of them said, By 1aBeelzebul, the ruler of the demons, He casts out the demons.
16 And others, atempting Him, bsought from Him a sign out of heaven.
17 1But aHe, bknowing their 2thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and a house divided against a house falls.
18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I cast out the demons.
19 But if I by Beelzebul acast out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20 But if I by the 1finger of God cast out the demons, then the akingdom of God has come upon you.
21 When the astrong man, fully armed, guards his own 1homestead, his possessions are in peace.
22 But when one 1stronger than he comes upon him and aovercomes him, he takes away his whole armor in which he had trusted and bdistributes his spoil.
23 1He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
24 1When the unclean aspirit goes out from the man, it roams through waterless places, seeking rest, and not finding it, it says, I will return to my house from which I came out.
25 And it comes and finds it swept and decorated.
26 Then it goes and takes along other spirits more evil than itself, seven of them, and they enter and settle down there. And the last state of that man becomes aworse than the first.
27 And as He said these things, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up her voice and said to Him, aBlessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.
28 But He said, Blessed rather are those who ahear the word of God and keep it.
29 1And as the crowds were thronging together, He began to say, aThis generation is an evil generation; it bseeks a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of cJonah.
30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 The aqueen of the south will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and will bcondemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the cwisdom of Solomon, and behold, something dmore than Solomon is here.
32 aNinevite men will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they brepented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something more than Jonah is here.
8. Warning Not to Remain in Darkness
33 No one, after lighting a 1alamp, puts it in the cellar or under the 2bushel, but on the 3lampstand, in order that those who enter in may see the light.
34 The alamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is 1single, your whole body also is 2full of light; but when it is 3bevil, your body also is dark.
35 Watch out therefore that the 1light which is in you is not darkness.
36 If therefore your whole body is full of light and does not have any dark part, the whole will be full of light as when the lamp with its rays illuminates you.
9. Rebuking the Pharisees and Lawyers
37 Now as He spoke, a Pharisee asked Him to have the 1morning ameal with him; and He went in and reclined at table.
38 But the Pharisee, seeing it, marveled that He had not first 1awashed before the meal.
39 But the Lord said to him, Again, you Pharisees acleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inside is full of extortion and wickedness.
40 aFoolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
41 But agive the things which are 1within as alms, and behold, all things are bclean to you.
42 But woe to you, Pharisees! For you agive a tenth of the bmint and the rue and every herb, and pass by 1cjustice and love for God. But these you should have done and 2not passed by the others.
43 Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the achief seat in the synagogues and the greetings in the bmarketplaces.
44 Woe to you! For you are like the unseen atombs, and the men who walk over them do not know it.
45 And one of the alawyers answered and said to Him, Teacher, by saying these things, you 1insult us also.
46 And He said, Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens ahard to bear, yet you yourselves do not 1touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe to you! For you abuild up the 1tombs of the prophets, and your fathers bkilled them.
48 You are witnesses then and fully approve of the works of your fathers, because they killed them, and you build up their tombs.
49 Therefore the 1wisdom of God also has said, I will asend to them bprophets and apostles, and some of them they will ckill and persecute,
50 In order that the ablood of all the prophets which has been poured out bfrom the foundation of the world may be crequired of this generation,
51 From the blood of aAbel to the blood of bZachariah, who perished between the altar and the house. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of 1this generation.
52 Woe to you alawyers! For you have taken away the key of bknowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and those who were entering, you 1chindered.
53 And when He went out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to provoke Him to speak concerning many things,
54 aLying in wait for Him in order to 1catch bsomething out of His mouth.