Luke 11:1-28 American Standard Version

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

11 1  And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples. 2  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Father, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. 3  Give us day by day our daily bread. 4  And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And bring us not into temptation. 5  And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6  for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7  and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee? 8  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needeth. 9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11  And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent? 12  Or [if] he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

A Divided House Cannot Stand

14  And he was casting out a demon [that was] dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb man spake; and the multitudes marvelled. 15  But some of them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons casteth he out demons. 16  And others, trying [him], sought of him a sign from heaven. 17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house [divided] against a house falleth. 18  And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19  And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20  But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. 21  When the strong [man] fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace: 22  but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

24  The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none, he saith, I will turn back unto my house whence I came out. 25  And when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26  Then goeth he, and taketh [to him] seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first.

True Blessedness

27  And it came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the breasts which thou didst suck. 28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

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