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Luke 10:38-11:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with [a]all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while [b]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.” And He said to them, When you pray, say:

[c]Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
‘Give us each day our [d]daily bread.
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Then He said to them, [e]Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children [f]and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his [g]persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

“So I say to you, [h]ask, and it will be given to you; [i]seek, and you will find; [j]knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now [k]suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a [l]fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your [m]heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”


  1. Luke 10:40 Lit much service
  2. Luke 11:1 Lit He
  3. Luke 11:2 Later mss add phrases from Matt 6:9-13 to make the two passages closely similar
  4. Luke 11:3 Or bread for the coming day or needful bread
  5. Luke 11:5 Lit Which one of you will have
  6. Luke 11:7 Lit with me
  7. Luke 11:8 Lit shamelessness
  8. Luke 11:9 Or keep asking
  9. Luke 11:9 Or keep seeking
  10. Luke 11:9 Or keep knocking
  11. Luke 11:11 Lit which of you, a son, will ask the father
  12. Luke 11:11 Two early mss insert loaf, he will not give him a stone, will he, or for a
  13. Luke 11:13 Lit Father from heaven
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