Luke 11:29-54 Bible in Basic English

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

29  And when a great number of people came together to him, he said, This generation is an evil generation: it is looking for a sign and no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. 30  For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of man be to this generation. 31  The queen of the South will come up on the day of judging and give her decision against the men of this generation: for she came from the ends of the earth to give ear to the wisdom of Solomon; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32  The men of Nineveh will come up in the day of judging and give their decision against this generation: for they were turned away from their sins at the preaching of Jonah; but now something greater than Jonah is here.

The Light of the Body

33  No man, when the light has been lighted, puts it in a secret place, or under a vessel, but on its table, so that those who come in may see the light. 34  The light of the body is the eye: when your eye is true, all your body is full of light; but when it is evil, your body is dark. 35  So take care that the light which is in you is not dark. 36  If, then, all your body is light, with no part of it dark, it will be completely full of light, as when a flame with its bright shining gives you light.

Jesus Denounces the Pharisees and Lawyers

37  Now, while he was talking, a Pharisee made a request that he would come to a meal with him; and he went in and took his seat at the meal. 38  And when the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised because he came to the meal without first washing himself. 39  And the Lord said to him, You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the plate clean; but inside you are thieves and full of evil. 40  O you foolish ones! did not he who made the outside in the same way make the inside? 41  But if you give to the poor such things as you are able, then all things are clean to you. 42  But a curse is on you, Pharisees! for you make men give a tenth of every sort of plant, and give no thought to right and the love of God; but it is right for you to do these things, and not let the others be undone. 43  A curse is on you, Pharisees! for your desires are for the most important seats in the Synagogues and for words of respect said to you in the market-place. 44  A curse is on you! for you are like the resting-places of dead men, which are not seen, and men go walking over them without knowledge of it. 45  And one of the teachers of the law, answering, said to him, Master, in saying this, you give a bad name to us as to them. 46  And he said, A curse is on you, teachers of the law! for while other men are crushed under the weight of the rules you make for them, you yourselves do not put so much as one finger to them. 47  A curse is on you! for you make resting-places for the bodies of the prophets, but your fathers put them to death. 48  So you are witnesses and give approval to the work of your fathers; for they put them to death and you make their last resting-places. 49  For this reason the wisdom of God has said, I will send them prophets and teachers, and to some of them they will give death and cruel pains; 50  So that punishment may come on this generation for the blood of all the prophets which was given from the earliest days; 51  From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who was put to death between the altar and the Temple. Yes, I say to you, It will come on this generation. 52  A curse is on you, teachers of the law! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you did not go in yourselves, and you got in the way of those who were going in. 53  And when he had come out of that place, the scribes and the Pharisees came round him angrily, questioning him about more things; 54  And watching him, for a chance to get something from his words which might be used against him.


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