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Luke 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Lord’s Prayer

(Mat 6:9–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:1 - Now Jesus[fn] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:2 - And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:3 - Give us each day our daily bread,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:4 - and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:5 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:6 - for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:7 - 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’?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:8 - I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[fn] he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
(Mat 7:7–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:9 - And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:10 - For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:11 - What father among you, if his son asks for[fn] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:12 - or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:13 - 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!”

Jesus and Beelzebul

(Mat 12:22–30; Mar 3:22–27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:14 - Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:15 - But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:16 - while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:17 - But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:18 - And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:19 - And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:20 - But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:21 - When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:22 - but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:23 - Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

(Mat 12:43–45 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:24 - “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:25 - And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:26 - Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

True Blessedness

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:27 - As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:28 - But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The Sign of Jonah

(Mat 12:38–42 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:29 - When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:30 - For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:31 - The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:32 - The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

The Light in You

(Mat 6:22, 23 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:33 - “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:34 - Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:35 - Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:36 - If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:37 - While Jesus[fn] was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:38 - The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:39 - And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:40 - You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:41 - But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:42 - “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:43 - Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:44 - Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:45 - One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:46 - And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:47 - Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:48 - So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:49 - Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:50 - so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:51 - from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:52 - Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:53 - As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 11:54 - lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.
ESV Footnotes
Greek he
Or our bread for tomorrow
Or persistence
Some manuscripts insert bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for
Greek he

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