Luke 11:29-54 Darby’s Translation

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

29  But as the crowds thronged together, he began to say, This generation is a wicked generation: it seeks a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it but the sign of Jonas. 30  For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, thus shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31  A queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, more than Solomon is here. 32  Men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, more than Jonas is here.

The Light of the Body

33  But no one having lit a lamp sets it in secret, nor under the corn-measure, but on the lamp-stand, that they who enter in may see the light. 34  The lamp of the body is thine eye: when thine eye is simple, thy whole body also is light; but when it is wicked, thy body also is dark. 35  See therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36  If therefore thy whole body [is] light, not having any part dark, it shall be all light as when the lamp lights thee with its brightness.

Jesus Denounces the Pharisees and Lawyers

37  But as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him that he would dine with him; and entering in he placed himself at table. 38  But the Pharisee seeing [it] wondered that he had not first washed before dinner. 39  But the Lord said to him, Now do ye Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but your inward [parts] are full of plunder and wickedness. 40  Fools, has not he who has made the outside made the inside also? 41  But rather give alms of what ye have, and behold, all things are clean to you. 42  But woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye pay tithes of mint and rue and every herb, and pass by the judgment and the love of God: these ye ought to have done, and not have left those aside. 43  Woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye love the first seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market-places. 44  Woe unto you, for ye are as the sepulchres which appear not, and the men walking over them do not know [it]. 45  And one of the doctors of the law answering says to him, Teacher, in saying these things thou insultest us also. 46  And he said, To you also woe, doctors of the law, for ye lay upon men burdens heavy to bear, and yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47  Woe unto you, for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, but your fathers killed them. 48  Ye bear witness then, and consent to the works of your fathers; for they killed them, and ye build [their sepulchres]. 49  For this reason also the wisdom of God has said, I will send to them prophets and apostles, and of these shall they kill and drive out by persecution, 50  that the blood of all the prophets which has been poured out from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51  from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias, who perished between the altar and the house; yea, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. 52  Woe unto you, the doctors of the law, for ye have taken away the key of knowledge; yourselves have not entered in, and those who were entering in ye have hindered. 53  And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him urgently, and to make him speak of many things; 54  watching him, [and seeking] to catch something out of his mouth, [that they might accuse him].

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