Luke 11:1-28 Darby’s Translation

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

11 1  And it came to pass as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples. 2  And he said to them, When ye pray, say, Father, thy name be hallowed; thy kingdom come; 3  give us our needed bread for each day; 4  and remit us our sins, for we also remit to every one indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation. 5  And he said to them, Who among you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, let me have three loaves, 6  since a friend of mine on a journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him; 7  and he within answering should say, Do not disturb me; the door is already shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise up to give [it] thee? 8  —I say to you, Although he will not get up and give [them] to him because he is his friend, because of his shamelessness, at any rate, he will rise and give him as many as he wants. 9  And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 10  For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it will be opened. 11  But of whom of you that is a father shall a son ask bread, and [the father] shall give him a stone? or also a fish, and instead of a fish shall give him a serpent? 12  or if also he shall ask an egg, shall give him a scorpion? 13  If therefore ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much rather shall the Father who is of heaven give [the] Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

A Divided House Cannot Stand

14  And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb; and it came to pass, the demon being gone out, the dumb [man] spoke. And the crowds wondered. 15  But some from among them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons casts he out demons. 16  And others tempting [him] sought from him a sign out of heaven. 17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation: and a house set against a house falls; 18  and if also Satan is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom subsist? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19  But if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, your sons—by whom do they cast [them] out? For this reason they shall be your judges. 20  But if by the finger of God I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God is come upon you. 21  When the strong [man] armed keeps his own house, his goods are in peace; 22  but when the stronger than he coming upon [him] overcomes him, he takes away his panoply in which he trusted, and he will divide the spoil [he has taken] from him. 23  He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

24  When the unclean spirit has gone out of the man, he goes through dry places seeking rest; and not finding [any] he says, I will return to my house whence I came out. 25  And having come, he finds it swept and adorned. 26  Then he goes and takes seven other spirits worse than himself, and entering in, they dwell there; and the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first.

True Blessedness

27  And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman, lifting up her voice out of the crowd, said to him, Blessed is the womb that has borne thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep [it].


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