Old Testament

Luke 11
The Lord's Prayer
111On another occasion, 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 also taught his disciples.”
2He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven,[] hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.[] 3Give us each day our daily bread. 4Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’”[]
Keep Praying
5He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine who is on a journey has come to me, and I do not have anything to set before him.’ 7And the one inside replies, ‘Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give it to you.’ 8I tell you, even if he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his bold persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9“I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives. The one who seeks finds. And to the one who knocks, it will be opened.
11“What father among you, if your son asks for bread, would give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if he asks for an egg, would give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, 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?”
Jesus Drives Out Demons
14Jesus drove out a demon, which was mute. After the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16Others were testing him by demanding of him a sign from heaven. 17But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed. And a house divided against itself falls. 18If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? You say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19But if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? So they will be your judges. 20Yet if I drive 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 house, his possessions are safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks him and defeats him, he takes away that man's full armor, in which he had trusted, and divides up his plunder.
23“The one who is not with me is against me. The one who does not gather with me scatters. 24When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, but does not find any. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house, the one I left.’ 25When it returns, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there. The last condition of that man becomes worse than the first.”
The Sign of Jonah
27While he was saying these things, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”
28But he said, “Even more blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
29As the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It is seeking a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. But look, one greater than Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. But look, one greater than Jonah is here.
A Lamp and a Lampstand
33“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but on a stand so that those who come in may see the light. 34Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is full of light. But when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35Therefore, see to it that the light that is in you is not darkness. 36So if your whole body is full of light, without any dark part, it will be completely full of light, as when a lamp shines on you with bright light.”
Woes and Warnings
37After Jesus spoke, a Pharisee invited him to have a meal with him. He went in and reclined at the table. 38When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that he did not first wash[] before the meal. 39But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40Fools! Didn't the one who made the outside also make the inside? 41But give those things that are inside as a gift to the poor, and see, everything will be clean for you. 42But woe to you Pharisees, because you give a tenth of mint and rue and every herb, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have done these things without neglecting the others. 43Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the best seat in the synagogues and the greetings in the marketplaces. 44Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”
45One of the legal experts answered him, “Teacher, by saying these things you are insulting us too.”
46But Jesus said, “Woe to you legal experts too, because you load people down with burdens too difficult to carry, and you yourselves do not touch these burdens with one of your fingers. 47Woe to you because you build monuments for the prophets, but your fathers killed them. 48So you are witnesses and agree with what your fathers did, because they killed them, and you build their monuments. 49For this reason the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles. Some of them they will kill and persecute, 50so that this generation may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed from the foundation of the world, 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary.’ Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. 52Woe to you legal experts, because you took away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were trying to enter.”
53When he went away from there, the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to oppose him fiercely and to question him closely about many things. 54They were plotting against him to trap him in something he said.[]


  • 11:2 Some witnesses to the text omit Our and in heaven.
  • 11:2 Some witnesses to the text omit Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • 11:4 Literally everyone who is indebted to us
  • 11:4 A few witnesses to the text omit but deliver us from evil. See the footnote on Matthew 6:13 for the traditional ending of the Lord's Prayer.
  • 11:38 Greek baptizo (translated baptize in other contexts)
  • 11:54 Some witnesses to the text add so they could accuse him.