1 And it came to pass, that He was in a certain place praying; when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And He said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father, let thy name be hallowed: let thy kingdom come: 3 give unto us this day our daily bread: 4 and forgive us our sins; for we also do forgive every one owing us: and lead us not into temptation.
5 And He said to them, Which one of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 since my friend came to me from the road, and I have nothing which I may place before him. 7 And he responding from within, said, Do not give me trouble: the door has already been closed, and my children are in bed with me; I am not able rising to give unto thee. 8 I say unto you, If indeed having risen he will not give unto him, because he is his friend, yet on account of his shamelessness, rising he will give him as much as he needs.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one asking receives; and the one seeking finds; and to the one knocking it shall be opened. 11 And which father of you shall if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? or indeed a fish, will he instead of a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or indeed shall he ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13 If then you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, then how much more will your Father who is from heaven give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
14 And He was casting out a demon, and he was dumb: and it came to pass, the demon having gone out, the dumb spoke; and the multitudes were astonished. 15 And certain ones of them said, He casts out the demon through Beelzebul, the prince of the demons. 16 And others tempting, continued to seek with Him a sign from heaven.
17 And He, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself, comes to desolation, and house falls upon house. 18 And if Satan were indeed divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I am casting out demons through Beelzebul. 19 But if I through Beelzebul cast out the demons, through whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges: 20 but if I through the finger of God cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come nigh unto you. 21 When the strong man armed may keep his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 but when one stronger than he, having come, may conquer him, he takes away his panoply in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 The one not being with me is against me; and the one not gathering with me scatters abroad.
24 When the unclean spirit may go out from the man, he goes through dry places; seeking rest, and finding none, he says, I will return into my own house, whence I came out. 25 And having come he finds it swept and beautified. 26 Then he goes, and takes seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and having come in he dwells there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, while He is speaking these words, a certain woman lifting up her voice from the crowd, said to Him, Blessed is the womb having borne thee, and the breasts which thou didst suck.
29 And the multitudes being assembled, He began to say, This is a wicked generation: it seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of man also be a sign to this generation. 31 The queen of the south will rise in judgment with this generation, and condemn them; because she came from the uttermost parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise in judgment with this generation, and condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold a greater than Jonah is here.
33 No one, having lighted a lamp, putteth it in a cellar, nor under a bushel, but on a candlestick, in order that those coming in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye may be clear, truly thy whole body is lighted; but when it may be had, truly thy body is dark. 35 See then that the light which is in thee is not darkness. 36 If then thy whole body is lighted, having no part dark, all will be lighted, as when a lamp may light thee with its brightness.
37 And while He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him, that He would dine with him: and having come in, He sat up at the table. 38 And the Pharisee seeing, was astonished because He was not first baptized before dinner. 39 And the Lord said to him, Now you Pharisees purify the outside of the cup and the plate, but the interior is full of extortion and wickedness. 40 Ye fools, did not the One having made the outside also make the inside? 41 Therefore give alms of your substance; and behold all things are pure unto you.
42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! because you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and you pass by judgment and the love of God: it behooveth to do these things, and not to omit those.
43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! because you love the front seat in the synagogues, and salutations in the forums.
45 And a certain one of the theologians responding says to Him, Teacher, speaking these things yon indeed insult us.
46 And He said, Woe unto you, theologians! because you lay burdens on the people difficult to be borne, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe unto you! because you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Therefore you are witnesses and you consent unto the works of your fathers: because they slew them, and you build. 49 Therefore the wisdom of God said, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will slay and persecute. 50 In order that the blood of all the prophets poured out from the foundation of the world, may be required from 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 unto you, theologians! because you have taken away the key of knowledge: you did not come in, and you prohibited those who were coming in.