Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while [a]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, (A)When you pray, say:

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

Then He said to them, [d]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 [e]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 (D)because of his [f]persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

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

Pharisees’ Blasphemy

14 (G)And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons (H)by (I)Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, [m]to test Him, (J)were demanding of Him a [n]sign from heaven. 17 (K)But He knew their thoughts and said to them, [o]Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against [p]itself falls. 18 If (L)Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by (M)Beelzebul. 19 And if I by (N)Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons by the (O)finger of God, then (P)the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When [q]a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are [r]undisturbed. 22 But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder. 23 (Q)He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

24 (R)When the unclean spirit goes out of [s]a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”

27 While [t]Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “(S)Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.” 28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are (T)those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

The Sign of Jonah

29 As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, (U)This generation is a wicked generation; it (V)seeks for a [u]sign, and yet no [v]sign will be given to it but the [w]sign of Jonah. 30 For just as (W)Jonah became a [x]sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The (X)Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because 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 will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because (Y)they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

33 (Z)No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 (AA)The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is [y]clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is [z]bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

Woes upon the Pharisees

37 Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee *asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first [aa](AB)ceremonially washed before the [ab]meal. 39 But (AC)the Lord said to him, “Now (AD)you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but [ac]inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. 40 (AE)You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But (AF)give that which is within as charity, and [ad]then all things are (AG)clean for you.

42 (AH)But woe to you Pharisees! For you (AI)pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you (AJ)love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. 44 (AK)Woe to you! For you are like [ae]concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”

45 One of the [af](AL)lawyers *said to Him in reply, “Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too.” 46 But He said, “Woe to you (AM)lawyers as well! For (AN)you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, [ag]while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 (AO)Woe to you! For you build the [ah]tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. 48 So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 For this reason also (AP)the wisdom of God said, ‘(AQ)I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will [ai]persecute, 50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed (AR)since the foundation of the world, may be [aj]charged against this generation, 51 from (AS)the blood of Abel to (AT)the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be [ak]charged against this generation.’ 52 Woe to you [al](AU)lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; (AV)you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”

53 When He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to question Him closely on many subjects, 54 (AW)plotting against Him (AX)to catch [am]Him in something He might say.


  1. Luke 11:1 Lit He
  2. Luke 11:2 Later mss add phrases from Matt 6:9-13 to make the two passages closely similar
  3. Luke 11:3 Or bread for the coming day or needful bread
  4. Luke 11:5 Lit Which one of you will have
  5. Luke 11:7 Lit with me
  6. Luke 11:8 Lit shamelessness
  7. Luke 11:9 Or keep asking
  8. Luke 11:9 Or keep seeking
  9. Luke 11:9 Or keep knocking
  10. Luke 11:11 Lit which of you, a son, will ask the father
  11. Luke 11:11 Two early mss insert loaf, he will not give him a stone, will he, or for a
  12. Luke 11:13 Lit Father from heaven
  13. Luke 11:16 Lit testing
  14. Luke 11:16 Or attesting miracle
  15. Luke 11:17 Lit every
  16. Luke 11:17 Lit a house
  17. Luke 11:21 Lit the
  18. Luke 11:21 Lit in peace
  19. Luke 11:24 Lit the
  20. Luke 11:27 Lit He
  21. Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
  22. Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
  23. Luke 11:29 Or attesting miracle
  24. Luke 11:30 Or attesting miracle
  25. Luke 11:34 Or healthy
  26. Luke 11:34 Or evil
  27. Luke 11:38 Lit baptized
  28. Luke 11:38 Or lunch
  29. Luke 11:39 Lit your inside is full
  30. Luke 11:41 Lit behold
  31. Luke 11:44 Or indistinct, unseen
  32. Luke 11:45 I.e. experts in the Mosaic Law
  33. Luke 11:46 Lit and
  34. Luke 11:47 Or monuments to
  35. Luke 11:49 Or drive out
  36. Luke 11:50 Or required of
  37. Luke 11:51 Or required of
  38. Luke 11:52 I.e. experts in the Mosaic Law
  39. Luke 11:54 Lit something out of His mouth