1 And as 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, Father, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; 3 give us daily our essential bread; 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive every one who is indebted to us; and bring us not into trial.
5 And he said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight, and say, Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7 and he will answer from within, and say, Trouble me not, for the door is already shut, and my little children are with me in bed, I cannot arise and give you; 8 I tell you if he will not arise and give him on account of being his friend, yet, on account of his importunity, he will arise and give him as many as he needs.
9 And I tell you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you; 10 for every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. 11 And what father is there of you, who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? or if he asks also for a fish, will for a fish give him a serpent? 12 or if he asks also for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall the Father from heaven give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.
14 AND he cast out a demon, and it was dumb. And when the demon had gone out, the dumb spoke; and the multitudes wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of demons; 16 and others, trying him, asked of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is desolated, and house falls upon house. 18 And if Satan is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 But if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? they, therefore, shall be your judges. 20 But if by a finger of God I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man armed keeps his court, his goods are in peace; 22 but when a stronger man than he comes upon him, and overcomes him, he takes away all his arms in which he trusted, and distributes his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters.
24 When an impure spirit has gone out of a man, it passes through places destitute of water, seeking a rest; and not finding one, says, I will return to my house from which I came out. 25 And coming, it finds it swept and adorned. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more evil than itself; and they come and dwell there; and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.
27 And when he was saying these things, a certain woman from the multitude lifted up her voice, and said to him, Blessed is the mother that bore you, and the breasts which you nursed!
28 And he said, Yes indeed, blessed are those that hear the word of God and keep it.
29 And multitudes being assembled, he said, This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also shall the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south shall rise in 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, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh shall arise in the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they changed their minds at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
33 No one lights a candle and puts it in a secret place, or under a modius [1.916 gallon measure], but on a candlestick, that all who go in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye; when, therefore, your eye is sound, your whole body is light; but when your eye is evil, your whole body is dark. 35 See, therefore, that the light which is in you be not darkness. 36 If, therefore, your whole body is light, not having any part dark, the whole will be light, as when a candle lights you clearly.
37 And when he was speaking, a certain Pharisee asked him to breakfast with him; and he went in and immediately sat down. 38 And the Pharisee seeing him, wondered that he was not first baptized before breakfast. 39 And the Lord said to him, Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and plate, but your inside is full of plunder and wickedness. 40 Senseless men! did not he that made the outside make also the inside? 41 But give the things within in charity, and behold, all things are pure to you.
42 But woe to you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint, and rue, and every kind of plant, and omit justice and the love of God. These things you ought to do, and not to omit those.
43 Woe to you, Pharisees! for you love the first seat in the synagogues, and salutations in the markets.
44 Woe to you! for you are like concealed tombs; and men walk over them and know it not.
45 And one of the lawyers answered and said to him, Teacher, in saying these things you reproach us also.
46 And he said, Woe to you, lawyers! for you load men with burdens difficult to be borne, and you yourselves will not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them; 48 therefore you are witnesses, and approve the deed of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build. 49 Therefore also the wisdom of God said, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall kill and persecute, 50 that the blood of all the prophets which has been poured out since the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the house. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe to you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you do not enter in yourselves, and you forbid those entering.
53 And when he had gone out thence the scribes and Pharisees were extremely angry, and questioned him on many subjects, 54 watching him, to catch something from his mouth.