How To Pray

1 It happened that while (a)Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”

1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

1 He was praying(A) in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”(B)

1 Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. After he had finished, one of his disciples told him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."

1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”

2 And He said to them, (A)When you pray, say:(b)Father, hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come.

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

2 He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say:(C)Father,(a)(D)Your name(E) be honored as holy.(F)Your kingdom come.(b)(G)

2 So he told them, "Whenever you pray you are to say, "Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.

2 He said to them,“When you pray, (a)say:(b)Father, (c)hallowed be Your name.(d)Your kingdom come.

3 ‘Give us (B)each day our (c)daily bread.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.(c)(H)

3 Keep giving us every day our daily bread,

3 ‘Give us each day our (e)daily bread.

4 ‘And forgive us our sins,For we ourselves also forgive everyone who (C)is indebted to us.And lead us not into temptation.’”

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

4 And forgive us our sins,(I)for we ourselves also forgive everyonein debt to us.(d)(J)And do not bring us into temptation.”(e)(K)

4 and forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us. And never bring us into temptation.'"

4 ‘And forgive us our sins,For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us].And (f)lead us not into temptation [(g)but rescue us from evil].’”

Ask, Seek, Knock

5 Then He said to them, (d)Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

5 He also said to them: “Suppose one of you(f) has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,

5 Then he told them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, "Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.

5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves [of bread];

6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’(g)

6 A friend of mine on a trip has dropped in on me, and I don't have anything to serve him.'

6 for a friend of mine who is on a journey has just come to visit me, and I have nothing to serve him’;

7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children (e)and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

7 Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’

7 Suppose he answers from inside, "Stop bothering me! The door is already locked, and my children are here with us in the bedroom. I can't get up and give you anything!'

7 and from inside he answers, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet (D)because of his (f)persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

8 I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s persistence,(h) he will get up and give him as much as he needs.(L)

8 I tell you, even though that man doesn't want to get up and give him anything because he is his friend, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence and boldness he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

9 “So I say to you, (g)(E)ask, and it will be given to you; (h)seek, and you will find; (i)knock, and it will be opened to you.

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

9 “So(M) I say to you, keep asking,(i)(N) and it will be given to you. Keep searching,(j)(O) and you will find. Keep knocking,(k)(P) and the door will be opened to you.

9 So I say to you: Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you,

9 “So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.(A)

10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

10 because everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.

10 For everyone who (h)keeps on asking [persistently], receives; and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently], the door will be opened.

11 Now (j)suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a (k)fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

11 What father among you, if his son(l) asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

11 What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of the fish?

11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, would he give him a scorpion?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

13 (F)If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your (l)heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

13 If you then, who are evil,(Q) know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father(R) give(m) the Holy Spirit(S) to those who ask Him?”

13 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking him!"

13 If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”

A House Divided Cannot Stand

14 (G)And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed.

14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

14 Now(T) He was driving out a demon(U) that was mute.(n)(V) When the demon came out, the man who had been mute, spoke, and the crowds were amazed.

14 Jesus was driving a demon out of a man who was unable to talk. When the demon had gone out, the man began to speak, and the crowds were amazed.

14 And [at another time] Jesus was casting out a demon, and it was [controlling a man so as to make him] mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds were awed.(B)

15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons (H)by (I)Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul,(W) the ruler(X) of the demons!”(Y)

15 But some of them said, "He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons."

15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by [the power of] (i)Beelzebul (Satan), the ruler of the demons.”

16 Others, (m)to test Him, (J)were demanding of Him a (n)sign from heaven.

16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

16 And others, as a test,(Z) were demanding of Him a sign(AA) from heaven.

16 Others, wanting to test Jesus, kept asking him for a sign from heaven.

16 Others, trying to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven.

17 (K)But He knew their thoughts and said to them, (o)Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against (p)itself falls.

17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

17 Knowing their thoughts,(AB) He told them: “Every kingdom divided(AC) against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls.

17 Since he knew what they were thinking, he told them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is devastated, and a divided household collapses.

17 But He, well aware of their thoughts and purpose, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is doomed to destruction; and a house divided against itself falls.

18 If (L)Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by (M)Beelzebul.

18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

18 If Satan(AD) also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom(AE) stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

18 Now, if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand and continue to survive? For you are saying that I drive out demons by [the power of] Beelzebul.

19 And if I by (N)Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges.

19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

19 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, who is it your sons(o)(AF) drive them out by? For this reason they will be your judges.

19 If I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followers drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!

19 Now if I drive out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons [the Jewish exorcists] drive them out? For this reason they will be your judges.

20 But if I cast out demons by the (O)finger of God, then (P)the kingdom of God has come upon you.

20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

20 If I drive out demons by the finger of God,(AG) then the kingdom of God(AH) has come to you.

20 But if I drive out demons by the power of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

20 But if I drive out the demons by the finger of God, then (j)the kingdom of God has already come upon you.

21 When (q)a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are (r)undisturbed.

21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure.(p)

21 "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.

21 When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his belongings are undisturbed and secure.

22 But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.

22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers(AI) him, he takes from him all his weapons(q)(AJ) he trusted(AK) in, and divides up his plunder.(AL)

22 But when a stronger man than he attacks and defeats him, the stronger man strips off that man's armor in which he trusted and then divides his plunder.

22 But when someone stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he robs him of all his armor on which he had relied and divides his [goods as] spoil.

23 (Q)He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

23 Anyone who is not with Me is against Me,(AM) and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.

23 "The person who isn't with me is against me, and the person who doesn't gather with me scatters."

23 He who is not with Me [believing in Me as Lord and Savior] is against Me [there is no impartial position]; and he who does not gather with Me [assisting in My ministry], scatters.

An Unclean Spirit Returns

24 (R)When the unclean spirit goes out of (s)a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’

24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

24 “When(AN) an unclean spirit(AO) comes out of a man, it roams through waterless places looking for rest,(AP) and not finding rest, it then(r) says, ‘I’ll go back to my house where I came from.’

24 "Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry places looking for a place to rest but doesn't find any. So it says, "I will go back to my home that I left.'

24 “When the unclean spirit comes out of a person, it roams through waterless places in search [of a place] of rest; and not finding any, it says, ‘I will go back to my house (person) from which I came.’

25 And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.

25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

25 And returning, it finds the house swept and put in order.

25 When it gets back home, it finds it swept clean and put in order.

25 And when it comes, it finds the place swept and put in order.

26 Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”

26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits(AQ) more evil than itself, and they enter and settle down there. As a result, that man’s last condition is worse than the first.”(AR)

26 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person is worse than the first."

26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in [the person] and live there; and the last state of that person becomes worse than the first.”

True Blessedness

27 While (t)Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “(S)Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.”

27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

27 As He was saying these things, a woman from the crowd(AS) raised her voice and said to Him, “The womb that bore You and the one who nursed You(AT) are blessed!”

27 As Jesus was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and told him, "How blessed is the womb that gave birth to you and the breasts that nursed you!"

27 Now while Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed (happy, favored by God) is the womb that gave birth to You and the breasts at which You nursed!”

28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are (T)those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

28 He said, “Even more, those who hear the word of God(AU) and keep it(AV) are blessed!”

28 But he said, "Instead, how blessed are those who hear God's word and obey it!"

28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.”

The Sign Of Jonah

29 As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, (U)This generation is a wicked generation; it (V)seeks for a (u)sign, and yet no (v)sign will be given to it but the (w)sign of Jonah.

29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

29 As the crowds were increasing, He began saying: “This generation(AW) is an evil generation.(AX) It demands a sign,(AY) but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.(s)(AZ)

29 Now as the crowds continued to throng around Jesus, he went on to say, "This people living today are an evil generation. It craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah,

29 Now as the crowds were increasing [in number], He began to say, “This [present] generation is a wicked generation; it seeks a sign (attesting miracle), but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah [the prophet].(C)

30 For just as (W)Jonah became a (x)sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.

30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so also the Son of Man(BA) will be to this generation.

30 because just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.

30 For just as (k)Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man also be [a sign] to this generation.(D)

31 The (X)Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

31 The queen of the south(BB) will rise up at the judgment(BC) with the men of this generation and condemn(BD) them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon,(BE) and look—something greater than Solomon is here!

31 The queen of the south will stand up at the judgment and condemn the people living today, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. But look, something greater than Solomon is here!

31 The Queen of the South (the kingdom of Sheba) will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and look, something greater than Solomon is here.(E)

32 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because (Y)they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation, and look—something greater than Jonah is here!

32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment and condemn the people living today, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. But look, something greater than Jonah is here!"

32 The men of Nineveh will stand up [as witnesses] at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and look, something greater than Jonah is here.(F)

Light And Darkness

33 (Z)No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.

33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

33 “No(BF) one lights a lamp(BG) and puts it in the cellar or under a basket,(t) but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light.

33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hiding place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so that those who enter may see its light.

33 “No one lights a lamp and then puts it in a cellar nor under a basket [hiding the light], but [instead it is put] on the lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.(G)

34 (AA)The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is (y)clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is (z)bad, your body also is full of darkness.

34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

34 Your eye is the lamp of the body.(BH) When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad,(BI) your body is also full of darkness.

34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light. But when it's evil, your body is full of darkness.

34 The eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive, focused on God], your whole body also is full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But when it is bad [spiritually blind], your body also is full of darkness [devoid of God’s word].

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

35 Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness.

35 Therefore, be careful that the light in you isn't darkness.

35 Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness.

36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

36 If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.”(u)

36 Now if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."

36 So if your whole body is illuminated, with no dark part, it will be entirely bright [with light], as when the lamp gives you light with its bright rays.”

Pharisees And Legal Experts Denounced

37 Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee *asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table.

37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

37 As He was speaking, a Pharisee(BJ) asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and reclined at the table.

37 After Jesus had said this, a Pharisee invited him to have a meal with him. So Jesus went and took his place at the table.

37 Now after Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee asked Him to have lunch with him. He went in [the Pharisee’s home] and reclined at the table [without ceremonially washing His hands].

38 When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first (aa)(AB)ceremonially washed before the (ab)meal.

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

38 When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that He did not first perform the ritual washing(v)(BK) before dinner.(BL)

38 The Pharisee was surprised to see that he didn't first wash before the meal.

38 The Pharisee noticed this and was surprised that Jesus did not first ceremonially wash before the meal.

39 But (AC)the Lord said to him, “Now (AD)you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but (ac)inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.

39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

39 But the Lord said to him: “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed(BM) and evil.(BN)

39 But the Lord told him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but on the inside you are full of greed and evil.

39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and plate [as required by tradition]; but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

40 (AE)You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

40 Fools!(BO) Didn’t He who made the outside make the inside too?

40 You fools! The one who made the outside made the inside, too, didn't he?

40 You foolish ones [acting without reflection or intelligence]! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

41 But (AF)give that which is within as charity, and (ad)then all things are (AG)clean for you.

41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

41 But give from what is within to the poor,(w)(BP) and then everything is clean(BQ) for you.

41 So give what is inside to the poor, and then everything will be clean for you.

41 But give that which is within as charity [that is, acts of mercy and compassion, not as a public display, but as an expression of your faithfulness to God], and then indeed all things are clean for you.

42 (AH)But woe to you Pharisees! For you (AI)pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

42 “But woe(BR) to you Pharisees! You give a tenth(x)(BS) of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass(y) justice(BT) and love for God.(z)(BU) These things you should have done without neglecting the others.

42 "How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! You give a tenth of your mint, spices, and every kind of herb, but you neglect justice and the love of God. These are the things you should have practiced, without neglecting the others.

42 “But woe (judgment is coming) to you Pharisees, because you [self-righteously] (l)tithe mint and (m)rue and every [little] garden herb [tending to all the minutiae], and yet disregard and neglect justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done, without neglecting the others.(H)

43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you (AJ)love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.

43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees! You love the front seat(BV) in the synagogues(BW) and greetings in the marketplaces.

43 How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! You love to have the places of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplaces.

43 Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the (n)best seats in the synagogues and to be respectfully greeted in the market places.

44 (AK)Woe to you! For you are like (ae)concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”

44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

44 “Woe to you!(aa) You are like unmarked graves;(BX) the people who walk over them don’t know it.”

44 How terrible it will be for you! You are like unmarked graves people walk on them without realizing it."

44 Woe to you! For you are like graves which are unmarked, and people walk over them without being aware of it [and are ceremonially unclean].”

Jesus Talks To Experts On The Law

45 One of the (af)(AL)lawyers *said to Him in reply, “Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too.”

45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.

45 One of the experts in the law(BY) answered Him, “Teacher, when You say these things You insult us too.”

45 Then one of the experts in the Law told him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us, too."

45 One of the lawyers [an expert in the Mosaic Law] answered Him, “Teacher, by saying this, You insult us too!”

46 But He said, “Woe to you (AM)lawyers as well! For (AN)you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, (ag)while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.

46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

46 Then He said: “Woe also to you experts in the law! You load people with burdens(BZ) that are hard to carry, yet you yourselves don’t touch these burdens with one of your fingers.(CA)

46 Jesus said, "How terrible it will be for you experts in the Law, too! You load people with burdens that are hard to carry, yet you don't even lift a finger to ease those burdens.

46 But He said, “Woe to you lawyers as well, because you weigh men down with burdens [man-made rules, unreasonable requirements] which are hard to bear, and you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers [to lighten the load].

47 (AO)Woe to you! For you build the (ah)tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.

47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

47 “Woe to you! You build monuments(ab) to the prophets,(CB) and your fathers killed(CC) them.

47 How terrible it will be for you! You build monuments for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them!

47 Woe to you! For you repair or build (o)tombs for the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.

48 So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.

48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

48 Therefore, you are witnesses(CD) that you approve(ac)(CE) the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.(ad)

48 So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors, because they killed those for whom you are building monuments.

48 So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers, because they [actually] killed them, and you repair or build their tombs.

49 For this reason also (AP)the wisdom of God said, ‘(AQ)I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will (ai)persecute,

49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

49 Because of this, the wisdom of God(CF) said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles,(CG) and some of them they will kill and persecute,’(CH)

49 That is why the Wisdom of God said, "I will send them prophets and apostles. They will kill some of them and persecute others,'

49 For this reason also the wisdom of God said [in the Scriptures], ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will put to death and some they will persecute,

50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed (AR)since the foundation of the world, may be (aj)charged against this generation,

50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

50 so that this generation(CI) may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world(ae)(CJ)

50 so those living today will be charged with the blood of all the prophets that was shed since the foundation of the world,

50 so that charges may be brought against this generation [holding them responsible] for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world,

51 from (AS)the blood of Abel to (AT)the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be (ak)charged against this generation.’

51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

51 from the blood of Abel(CK) to the blood of Zechariah,(CL) who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.“Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible.(af)

51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who died between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation!

51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah [the priest], who was murdered between the altar and the house of God. Yes, I tell you, charges will be brought against this generation.’(I)

52 Woe to you (al)(AU)lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; (AV)you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”

52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

52 “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge!(CM) You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered(CN) those who were going in.”

52 How terrible it will be for you experts in the Law! You have taken away the key to knowledge. You didn't go in yourselves, and you kept out those who were trying to go in."

52 Woe to you lawyers, because you have taken away the key to knowledge (scriptural truth). You yourselves did not enter, and you held back those who were entering [by your flawed interpretation of God’s word and your man-made tradition].”(J)

53 When He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to question Him closely on many subjects,

53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

53 When He left there,(ag) the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose(CO) Him fiercely and to cross-examine Him about many things;

53 As Jesus was leaving, the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose him fiercely, interrogating him about many things.

53 When He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile [toward Him] and to interrogate Him on many subjects,

54 (AW)plotting against Him (AX)to catch (am)Him in something He might say.

54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

54 they were lying in wait(CP) for Him to trap Him in something He said.(ah)(CQ)

54 They watched him closely in an effort to trap him in something he might say.

54 plotting against Him to catch Him in something He might say.

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