Luke 11:29-54 American Standard Version

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

29  And when the multitudes were gathering together unto him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah. 30  For even as Jonah became a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31  The 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, a greater than Solomon is here. 32  The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

The Light of the Body

33  No man, when he hath lighted a lamp, putteth it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light. 34  The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35  Look therefore whether the light that is in thee be not darkness. 36  If therefore thy whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining doth give thee light.

Jesus Denounces the Pharisees and Lawyers

37  Now as he spake, a Pharisee asketh him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38  And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first bathed himself before dinner. 39  And the Lord said unto him, Now ye the Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness. 40  Ye foolish ones, did not he that made the outside make the inside also? 41  But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you. 42  But woe unto you Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and every herb, and pass over justice and the love of God: but these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43  Woe unto you Pharisees! for ye love the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces. 44  Woe unto you! for ye are as the tombs which appear not, and the men that walk over [them] know it not. 45  And one of the lawyers answering saith unto him, Teacher, in saying this thou reproachest us also. 46  And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47  Woe unto you! for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48  So ye are witnesses and consent unto the works of your fathers: for they killed them, and ye build [their tombs]. 49  Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and [some] of them they shall kill and persecute; 50  that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51  from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. 52  Woe unto you lawyers! for ye took away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. 53  And when he was come out from thence, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press upon [him] vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things; 54  laying wait for him, to catch something out of his mouth.

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