11:1 And it came to pass as he was in a certain place praying, when he had ceased, some one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said to them: Whenever you pray, say: Father, thy name be hallowed: thy kingdom come:
3 give us day by day our needful bread;
4 and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.
5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight and say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves,
6 because a friend of mine has come from a journey to me, and I have not what I may set before him.
7 And he from within shall answer and say: Trouble me not; the door is now closed, and my children with me are in bed: I cannot rise to give thee.
8 I say to you, though he will not give him, having risen because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
9 And I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given to 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 But should a son ask bread of any one of you that is a father, would he give him a stone? or also a fish, would he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 or should he also ask an egg, would he give him a scorpion?
13 If therefore you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father who is from heaven give the Holy Spirit to those that ask him.
14 And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb; but it came to pass when the demon had gone out the dumb man spoke. And the multitudes wondered;
15 but some of them said: By Beelzebub, the prince of the demons, he casts out the demons.
16 And others tempting 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 house falls against house.
18 And if Satan also has been divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? for you say, that I cast out the demons by Beelzebub.
19 But if I cast out the demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20 But if I by the finger of God cast out the demons, then has the kingdom of God already come upon you.
21 When the strong man armed keeps guard over his palace, his goods are in peace.
22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes away all his armor in which he has 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 the unclean spirit has gone out of the man, he goes through dry places seeking rest, and finding none, he says: I will return to my house whence I came.
25 And he comes and finds it swept and set in order.
26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and entering in, they dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass as he said these things, a woman from the multitude lifted up her voice and said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the breasts that thou didst suck.
28 But he said: Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.
29 And while the multitudes crowded together, he began to say: This generation is an evil generation: it seeks a sign, and no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah.
30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.
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 ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
32 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
33 No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a secret place, nor under the measure, but upon the lamp-stand, that those who come in may see the light.
34 The lamp of the body is thy eye. When thy eye is simple, thy whole body also is full of light; but whenever it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
35 Take heed therefore lest the light that is in thee is darkness.
36 If thus thy whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the lamp by its brightness gives thee light.
37 But while he spoke, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; and he went in and reclined at table.
38 And the Pharisee seeing it wondered that he had not first immersed himself before dinner.
39 But the Lord said to him: Now, you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness.
40 Senseless men; did not he that made the outside make the inside also?
41 But give the contents as charity, and behold, all things are clean to you.
42 But alas for you Pharisees, for you pay tithes of mint and rue and every herb, and pass by the judgment and the love of God: these ought you to have done and not leave those undone.
43 Alas for you Pharisees, for you love the chief seat in the synagogues and salutations in the markets.
44 Alas for you, for you are as graves that appear not, and the men that walk over them know it not.
45 And some one of the lawyers answering said to him: Teacher, saying these things, thou reproachest us also.
46 He replied: Alas for you lawyers also, for you burden men with burdens hard to be borne, and yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Alas for you, for you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Therefore you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they indeed killed them, but you build.
49 Wherefore also the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets and apostles, and of them they will kill and persecute,
50 that the blood of all the prophets, which has been shed from 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 say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Alas for you lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you went not in yourselves, and those that were entering you hindered.
53 And when he had gone out thence the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very angry, and to press him to speak of many things,
54 lying in wait to catch something I from his mouth.