1 And it came to pass, as he :was praying in a certain place, that as he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his :disciples. 2 And he said to them, When ye be praying, say, Father, Hallowed be thy :name. Thy :kingdom come. 3 Give us day by day our :daily :bread. 4 And forgive us our :sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one indebted to us. And bring us not into temptation. 5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 since a friend of mine is come unto me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7 and HE from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is already shut, and my little children are with me in :bed; I cannot rise and give thee? 8 I say unto you, Even if he will not rise and give him because he :is his friend, yet because of his :importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and who seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it is being opened. 11 And of which of you that is the father shall the son ask a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or again shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13 If ye therefore, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your :children, how much more shall the Father who is from heaven give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
14 And he was casting out a dumb demon. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb spake; and the crowds marveled. 15 But some of them said, By Beelzebul the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons. 16 And others, trying him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But HE, knowing their :thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 And if :Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his :kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I by Beelzebul cast out :demons, by whom do your :sons cast out? therefore shall THEY be your judges. 20 But if I by God’s finger cast out the demons, then is the kingdom of :God come upon you.
21 When the strong fully armed guardeth his own :court, his :goods are in peace: 22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon and overcome him, he taketh from him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his :spoils. 23 Who is not with me is against me; and who gathereth not with me scattereth. 24 The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest; and finding none, then he saith, I will turn back unto my :house whence I came out. 25 And when he comes, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh along seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that :man becometh worse than the first. 27 And it came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up her voice, and said to him, Blessed the womb that bare thee, and the breasts which thou didst suck. 28 But HE said, Yea rather, blessed who hear the word of :God, and keep it.
29 And when the crowds were gathering together, he began to say, This :generation is an evil generation: it seeketh a sign; and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah. 30 For even as :Jonah became a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of :man be to this :generation. 31 The South queen shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this :generation, and shall condemn them: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, more than Solomon is here. 32 Men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this :generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and lo, more than Jonah is here. 33 No one, when he hath lighted a lamp, putteth it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but on the stand, that they who enter in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is thine :eye: when thine :eye is single, thy whole :body also is of light; but when it is evil, thy :body also is of darkness. 35 Look therefore whether the light :in thee be not darkness. 36 If therefore thy whole :body be of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly of light, as when the lamp with its bright :shining lighteth thee.
37 Now as he spake, a Pharisee asketh him to breakfast with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And the Pharisee seeing it, marveled that he had not first †washed before :breakfast. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now YE the Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your inward :part is full of extortion and wickedness. 40 Foolish ones, did not he that made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give for alms the things within; and lo, all things are clean for you. 42 But woe to you the Pharisees! because ye tithe :mint and :rue and every herb, and pass over :judgment and the love of :God: but these ought ye to have done, and not to leave those undone. 43 Woe to you :Pharisees! for ye love the chief seat in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you! for ye are as the tombs :unseen, and the men that walk over them know it not. 45 And a certain one of the lawyers answering saith to him, Teacher, in saying these things thou reproachest us also. 46 And he said, Woe to you :lawyers also! for ye load :men with burdens unbearable, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your :fingers. 47 Woe to you! for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your :fathers killed them. 48 Then ye are witnesses and consent unto the works of your :fathers: for THEY killed them, and ye build their tombs. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of :God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they shall kill and persecute; 50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, be required of this :generation; 51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the house: yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this :generation. 52 Woe to you :lawyers! for ye took away the key of :knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and those entering in ye hindered. 53 And when he was come out thence, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press upon him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of more things: 54 laying wait for him, to catch something out of his :mouth.