Luke 11:1-28 Bible in Basic English

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

11 1  And it came about that he was in prayer in a certain place, and when he came to an end, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, will you give us teaching about prayer, as John did to his disciples? 2  And he said to them, When you say your prayers, say, Father, may your name be kept holy and your kingdom come. 3  Give us every day bread for our needs. 4  May we have forgiveness for our sins, as we make free all those who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test. 5  And he said to them, Which of you, having a friend, would go to him in the middle of the night and say to him, Friend, let me have three cakes of bread; 6  Because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to put before him; 7  And he, from inside the house, would say in answer, Do not be a trouble to me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; it is not possible for me to get up and give to you? 8  I say to you, Though he will not get up and give to him, because he is his friend, still, if he keeps on making his request, he will get up and give him as much as he has need of. 9  And I say to you, Make requests, and they will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; when you give the sign, the door will be open to you. 10  For to everyone who makes a request, it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire; and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open. 11  And which of you, being a father, will give a stone to his son, who makes request for bread? or for a fish, will give him a snake? 12  Or for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13  If, then, you who are evil are able to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who make request to him?

A Divided House Cannot Stand

14  And he was sending an evil spirit out of a man who was without the power of talking. And it came about that when the spirit had gone the man had the power of talking; and the people were full of wonder. 15  But some of them said, He sends out evil spirits by Beelzebul, the ruler of evil spirits. 16  And others, testing him, were looking for a sign from heaven from him. 17  But he, having knowledge of their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom in which there is division is made waste; and a house in which there is division comes to destruction. 18  If, then, Satan is at war with himself, how will he keep his kingdom? because you say that I send evil spirits out of men by the help of Beelzebul. 19  And if I, by Beelzebul, send out evil spirits, by whose help do your sons send them out? so let them be your judges. 20  But if I, by the finger of God, send out evil spirits, then the kingdom of God has overtaken you. 21  When the strong man armed keeps watch over his house, then his goods are safe: 22  But when one who is stronger makes an attack on him and overcomes him, he takes away his instruments of war, in which he had put his faith, and makes division of his goods. 23  He who is not with me is against me, and he who will not give me help in getting people together is driving them away.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

24  The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of a man, goes through dry places, looking for rest; and when he does not get it, he says, I will go back to my house from which I came. 25  And when he comes, he sees that it has been made fair and clean. 26  Then he goes and gets seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they go in, and take their places there: and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.

True Blessedness

27  And it came about that when he said these things, a certain woman among the people said in a loud voice, Happy is the body which gave you birth, and the breasts from which you took milk. 28  But he said, More happy are they who give hearing to the word of God and keep it.


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