Luke 11:1-28 Revised Standard Version

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

11 1  He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." 2  And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. 3  Give us each day our daily bread; 4  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation." 5  And he said to them, "Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 6  for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7  and he will answer from within, 'Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything'? 8  I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9  And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10  For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12  or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

A Divided House Cannot Stand

14  Now he was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled. 15  But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Be-el'zebul, the prince of demons"; 16  while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven. 17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18  And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul. 19  And if I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 20  But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21  When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace; 22  but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil. 23  He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

24  "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest; and finding none he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' 25  And when he comes he finds it swept and put in order. 26  Then he goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

True Blessedness

27  As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" 28  But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

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