'Ask' in the Bible
Do not, however, imitate them; for your Father knows what things you need before ever you ask Him.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
What man is there among you, who if his son shall ask him for bread will offer him a stone?
Or if the son shall ask him for a fish will offer him a snake?
If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
"So the farmer's men come and ask him, "'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed on your land? Where then does the darnel come from?'
But if he will not listen to you, go again, and ask one or two to go with you, that every word spoken may be attested by two or three witnesses.
I also solemnly tell you that if two of you here on earth agree together concerning anything whatever that they shall ask, the boon will come to them from my Father who is in Heaven.
"Why do you ask me," He replied, "about what is good? There is only One who is truly good. But if you desire to enter into Life, keep the Commandments."
and everything, whatever it be, that you ask for in your prayers, if you have faith, you shall obtain."
"And I also have a question to ask *you*," replied Jesus, "and if you answer me, I in turn will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Intensely grieved they began one after another to ask Him, "Can it be I, Master?"
The High Priests, however, and the Elders urged the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to demand the death of Jesus.
And all were amazed and awe-struck, so they began to ask one another, "What does this mean? Here is a new sort of teaching--and a tone of authority! And even to foul spirits he issues orders and they obey him!"
"You see the multitude pressing you on all sides," His disciples exclaimed, "and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
at which Herodias's own daughter came in and danced, and so charmed Herod and his guests that he said to her, "Ask me for anything you please, and I will give it to you."
He even swore to her, "Whatever you ask me for I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
She at once went out and said to her mother: "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptizer," she replied.
After He had left the crowd and gone indoors, His disciples began to ask Him about this figure of speech.
Heaving a deep and troubled sigh, He said, "Why do the men of to-day ask for a sign? In solemn truth I tell you that no sign will be given to the men of to-day."
From that place Jesus and His disciples went to the villages belonging to Caesarea Philippi. On the way He began to ask His disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
So they debated the matter with one another. "Suppose we say, 'Heavenly,'" they argued, "he will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
This led the Pharisees and Scribes of their party to expostulate with His disciples and ask, "Why are you eating and drinking with these tax-gatherers and notorious sinners?"
The disciples proceeded to ask Him what this parable meant.
But they did not understand His meaning: it was veiled from them that they might not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask Him about it.
"So I say to you, 'Ask, and what you ask for shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you.'
If you then, with all your human frailty, know how to give your children gifts that are good for them, how much more certainly will your Father who is in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
This led Jesus to ask the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it allowable to cure people on the Sabbath?"
and if I ask you questions, you will certainly not answer.
This also is John's testimony, when the Jews sent to him a deputation of Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him who he was.
The Jews began to ask one another, "Is he going to kill himself, do you think, that he says, 'Where I am going, it is impossible for you to come'?"
but how it is that he can now see or who has opened his eyes we do not know. Ask him himself; he is of full age; he himself will give his own account of it."
That was why his parents said, "He is of full age: ask him himself."
And even now I know that whatever you ask God for, God will give you."
"Have I been so long among you," Jesus answered, "and yet you, Philip, do not know me? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How can *you* ask me, 'Cause us to see the Father'?
And whatever any of you ask in my name, I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be for ever with you--the Spirit of truth.
"If you continue in me and my sayings continue in you, ask what you will and it shall be done for you.
Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask Him, and He said, "Is this what you are questioning one another about--my saying, 'A little while and you do not see me, and again a little while and you shall see me'?
You will put no questions to me then. "In most solemn truth I tell you that whatever you ask the Father for in my name He will give you.
As yet you have not asked for anything in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your hearts may be filled with gladness.
At that time you will make your requests in my name; and I do not promise to ask the Father on your behalf,
I do not ask that Thou wilt remove them out of the world, but that Thou wilt protect them from the Evil one.
This led the girl, the portress, to ask Peter, "Are you also one of this man's disciples?" "No, I am not," he replied.
and his hearers were all amazed, and began to ask one another, "Is not this the man who in Jerusalem tried to exterminate those who called upon that Name, and came here on purpose to carry them off in chains to the High Priests?"
So for this reason, when sent for, I came without raising any objection. I therefore ask why you sent for me."
Then the Tribune, making his way to him, arrested him, and, having ordered him to be secured with two chains, proceeded to ask who he was and what he had been doing.
If, however, I have done wrong and have committed any offence for which I deserve to die, I do not ask to be excused that penalty. But if there is no truth in what these men allege against me, no one has the right to give me up to them as a favour. I appeal to Caesar."
"Why then does God still find fault?" you will ask; "for who is resisting His will?"
But, I ask, have they not heard? Yes, indeed: "To the whole world the preachers' voices have sounded forth, and their words to the remotest parts of the earth."
I ask then, Has God cast off His People? No, indeed. Why, I myself am an Israelite, of the posterity of Abraham and of the tribe of Benjamin.
I ask, however, "Have they stumbled so as to be finally ruined?" No, indeed; but by their lapse salvation has come to the Gentiles in order to arouse the jealousy of the descendants of Israel;
Anything that is for sale in the meat market, eat, and ask no questions for conscience' sake;
If an unbeliever gives you an invitation and you are disposed to accept it, eat whatever is put before you, and ask no questions for conscience' sake.
and if they wish to ask questions, they should ask their own husbands at home. For it is disgraceful for a married woman to speak at a Church assembly.
I ask you, then, what has become of your self-congratulations? For I bear you witness that had it been possible you would have torn out your own eyes and have given them to me.
and ask on my behalf that words may be given to me so that, outspoken and fearless, I may make known the truths (hitherto kept secret)
And if any one of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask God for it, who gives with open hand to all men, and without upbraiding; and it will be given him.
But let him ask in faith and have no doubts; for he who has doubts is like the surge of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed into spray.
and whatever we ask for we obtain from Him, because we obey His commands and do the things which are pleasing in His sight.
And we have an assured confidence that whenever we ask anything in accordance with His will, He listens to us.
And since we know that He listens to us, then whatever we ask, we know that we have the things which we have asked from Him.
If any one sees a brother man committing a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask and God shall give him life--for those who do not sin unto death. There is such a thing as sin unto death; for that I do not bid him make request.
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