Then He said to them, [a]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 [b]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 (A)because of his [c]persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

“So I say to you, [d](B)ask, and it will be given to you; [e]seek, and you will find; [f]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 [g]suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a [h]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 (C)If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your [i]heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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  1. Luke 11:5 Lit Which one of you will have
  2. Luke 11:7 Lit with me
  3. Luke 11:8 Lit shamelessness
  4. Luke 11:9 Or keep asking
  5. Luke 11:9 Or keep seeking
  6. Luke 11:9 Or keep knocking
  7. Luke 11:11 Lit which of you, a son, will ask the father
  8. Luke 11:11 Two early mss insert loaf, he will not give him a stone, will he, or for a
  9. Luke 11:13 Lit Father from heaven