Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer(A)(B)

11 One day Jesus was praying(C) in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord,(D) teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,[a]
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom(E) come.[b]
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c](F)
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”(G)

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.(H)

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;(I) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Jesus and Beelzebul(J)(K)

14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.(L) 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul,(M) the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”(N) 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.(O)

17 Jesus knew their thoughts(P) and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan(Q) is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God,(R) then the kingdom of God(S) has come upon you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.(T)

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”(U)

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”(V)

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God(W) and obey it.”(X)

The Sign of Jonah(Y)

29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign,(Z) but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.(AA) 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom;(AB) and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah;(AC) and now something greater than Jonah is here.

The Lamp of the Body(AD)

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.(AE) 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,[g] your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,[h] your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law

37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.(AF) 38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.(AG)

39 Then the Lord(AH) said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.(AI) 40 You foolish people!(AJ) Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor,(AK) and everything will be clean for you.(AL)

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth(AM) of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God.(AN) You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.(AO)

43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.(AP)

44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves,(AQ) which people walk over without knowing it.”

45 One of the experts in the law(AR) answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.”

46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.(AS)

47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.(AT) 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom(AU) said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’(AV) 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel(AW) to the blood of Zechariah,(AX) who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.(AY)

52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”(AZ)

53 When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.(BA)

Footnotes

  1. Luke 11:2 Some manuscripts Our Father in heaven
  2. Luke 11:2 Some manuscripts come. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  3. Luke 11:4 Greek everyone who is indebted to us
  4. Luke 11:4 Some manuscripts temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
  5. Luke 11:8 Or yet to preserve his good name
  6. Luke 11:11 Some manuscripts for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for
  7. Luke 11:34 The Greek for healthy here implies generous.
  8. Luke 11:34 The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy.

Teaching about Prayer

11 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:[a]

“Father, may your name be kept holy.
    May your Kingdom come soon.
Give us each day the food we need,[b]
and forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation.[c]

Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.[d]

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “You fathers—if your children ask[e] for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Jesus and the Prince of Demons

14 One day Jesus cast out a demon from a man who couldn’t speak, and when the demon was gone, the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed, 15 but some of them said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,[f] the prince of demons.” 16 Others, trying to test Jesus, demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

17 He knew their thoughts, so he said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 18 You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive? 19 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 20 But if I am casting out demons by the power of God,[g] then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 21 For when a strong man is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— 22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

23 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

24 “When an evil[h] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”

27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”

28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

The Sign of Jonah

29 As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “This evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of Jonah. 30 What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to the Son of Man[i] will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God.

31 “The queen of Sheba[j] will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen. 32 The people of Nineveh will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.

Receiving the Light

33 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket.[k] Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.

34 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”

Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders

37 As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table.[l] 38 His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.

42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens,[m] but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

43 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. 44 Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.”

45 “Teacher,” said an expert in religious law, “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said.”

46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden. 47 What sorrow awaits you! For you build monuments for the prophets your own ancestors killed long ago. 48 But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did. They killed the prophets, and you join in their crime by building the monuments! 49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you:[n] ‘I will send prophets and apostles to them, but they will kill some and persecute the others.’

50 “As a result, this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God’s prophets from the creation of the world— 51 from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will certainly be charged against this generation.

52 “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.”

53 As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.

Footnotes

  1. 11:2 Some manuscripts add additional phrases from the Lord’s Prayer as it reads in Matt 6:9-13.
  2. 11:3 Or Give us each day our food for the day; or Give us each day our food for tomorrow.
  3. 11:4 Or And keep us from being tested.
  4. 11:8 Or in order to avoid shame, or so his reputation won’t be damaged.
  5. 11:11 Some manuscripts add for bread, do you give them a stone? Or [if they ask].
  6. 11:15 Greek Beelzeboul; also in 11:18, 19. Other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub.
  7. 11:20 Greek by the finger of God.
  8. 11:24 Greek unclean.
  9. 11:30 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  10. 11:31 Greek The queen of the south.
  11. 11:33 Some manuscripts do not include or puts it under a basket.
  12. 11:37 Or and reclined.
  13. 11:42 Greek tithe the mint, the rue, and every herb.
  14. 11:49 Greek Therefore, the wisdom of God said.

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.

Footnotes

  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

Jesús enseña sobre la oración

11 Y aconteció que estando Jesús[a] orando en cierto lugar, cuando terminó, le dijo uno de sus discípulos: Señor, enséñanos a orar, así como Juan enseñó también a sus discípulos. (A)Y Él les dijo: Cuando oréis, decid:

«[b]Padre, santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga tu reino.
Danos hoy[c] el pan nuestro de cada día[d](B).
Y perdónanos nuestros pecados,
porque también nosotros perdonamos a todos los que nos deben(C).
Y no nos metas en tentación».

También les dijo: Supongamos que uno de vosotros[e] tiene un amigo, y va a él a medianoche y le dice: «Amigo, préstame tres panes, porque un amigo mío ha llegado de viaje a mi casa, y no tengo nada que ofrecerle[f]»; y aquel, respondiendo desde adentro, le dice: «No me molestes; la puerta ya está cerrada, y mis hijos y yo estamos acostados[g]; no puedo levantarme para darte nada». Os digo que aunque no se levante a darle algo por ser su amigo, no obstante, por su importunidad[h](D) se levantará y le dará cuanto necesite. Y yo os digo: (E)Pedid, y se os dará; buscad, y hallaréis; llamad, y se os abrirá. 10 Porque todo el que pide, recibe; y el que busca, halla; y al que llama, se le abrirá. 11 O suponed que a uno de vosotros que es padre, su hijo le pide[i] pan; ¿acaso le dará una piedra? O si le pide un[j] pescado; ¿acaso le dará una serpiente en lugar del pescado? 12 O si le[k] pide un huevo; ¿acaso le dará un escorpión? 13 Pues si vosotros siendo malos, sabéis dar buenas dádivas a vuestros hijos, ¿cuánto más vuestro Padre celestial[l] dará el Espíritu Santo a los que se lo pidan(F)?

Jesús y Beelzebú

14 (G)Estaba Jesús echando fuera un demonio, que era mudo, y sucedió que cuando el demonio salió, el mudo habló; y las multitudes se maravillaron. 15 Pero algunos de ellos dijeron: Él echa fuera los demonios por Beelzebú(H), príncipe de los demonios(I). 16 Y otros, para ponerle[m] a prueba, demandaban de Él una señal[n](J) del cielo. 17 (K)Pero conociendo Él sus pensamientos, les dijo: Todo reino dividido contra sí mismo es asolado; y una casa dividida contra sí misma[o], se derrumba. 18 Y si también Satanás(L) está dividido contra sí mismo, ¿cómo permanecerá en pie su reino? Porque vosotros decís que yo echo fuera demonios por Beelzebú(M). 19 Y si yo echo fuera demonios por Beelzebú(N), ¿por quién los echan fuera vuestros hijos? Por consiguiente, ellos serán vuestros jueces. 20 Pero si yo por el dedo de Dios(O) echo fuera los demonios, entonces el reino de Dios ha llegado(P) a vosotros. 21 Cuando un[p] hombre fuerte, bien armado, custodia su palacio, sus bienes están seguros[q]. 22 Pero cuando uno más fuerte que él lo ataca y lo vence, le quita todas sus armas en las cuales había confiado y distribuye su botín. 23 El que no está conmigo, contra mí está; y el que conmigo no recoge, desparrama(Q). 24 (R)Cuando el espíritu inmundo sale del hombre, pasa por lugares áridos buscando descanso; y al no hallarlo, dice: «Volveré a mi casa de donde salí». 25 Y cuando llega, la encuentra barrida y arreglada. 26 Entonces va y toma consigo otros siete espíritus peores que él, y entrando, moran allí; y el estado final de aquel hombre resulta peor que el primero.

La verdadera dicha

27 Y sucedió que mientras decía estas cosas, una de las mujeres en la multitud alzó su voz y le dijo: ¡Dichosa la matriz[r] que te concibió[s] y los senos que te criaron(S)! 28 Pero Él dijo: Al contrario, dichosos los que oyen la palabra de Dios y la guardan(T).

La gente demanda señal

29 Como la multitud se aglomeraba, comenzó a decir: (U)Esta generación es una generación perversa; busca señal[t](V), y ninguna señal[u] se le dará, sino la señal[v] de Jonás. 30 Porque de la misma manera que Jonás vino a ser una señal[w](W) para los ninivitas, así también lo será el Hijo del Hombre para esta generación. 31 La Reina del Sur se levantará en el juicio con los hombres de esta generación y los condenará, porque ella vino desde los confines de la tierra para oír la sabiduría de Salomón(X); y mirad, algo más grande que Salomón está aquí. 32 Los hombres de Nínive se levantarán en el juicio con esta generación y la condenarán, porque ellos se arrepintieron con la predicación de Jonás(Y); y mirad, algo más grande que Jonás está aquí.

La lámpara del cuerpo

33 Nadie, cuando enciende una lámpara, la pone en un sótano ni debajo de un almud, sino sobre el candelero, para que los que entren vean la luz(Z). 34 (AA)La lámpara de tu cuerpo es tu ojo; cuando tu ojo está sano[x], también todo tu cuerpo está lleno de luz; pero cuando está malo, también tu cuerpo está lleno de oscuridad. 35 Mira, pues, que la luz que en ti hay no sea oscuridad. 36 Así que, si todo tu cuerpo está lleno de luz, sin tener parte alguna en tinieblas, estará totalmente iluminado como cuando la lámpara te alumbra con sus rayos.

Jesús denuncia a los fariseos y a los intérpretes de la ley

37 Cuando terminó de hablar, un fariseo le rogó* que comiera con él; y Jesús entró y se sentó[y] a la mesa. 38 Cuando el fariseo vio esto, se sorprendió de que Jesús no se hubiera lavado[z] primero antes de comer, según el ritual judío(AB). 39 Pero el Señor(AC) le dijo: Ahora bien, vosotros los fariseos limpiáis lo de afuera del vaso y del plato; pero por dentro estáis llenos[aa] de robo y de maldad(AD). 40 Necios(AE), el que hizo lo de afuera, ¿no hizo también lo de adentro? 41 Dad más bien lo que está dentro[ab] como obra de caridad(AF), y entonces[ac] todo os será limpio(AG).

42 Mas ¡ay de vosotros, fariseos!, porque pagáis el diezmo de(AH) la menta y la ruda y toda clase de hortaliza, y sin embargo pasáis por alto la justicia y el amor de Dios; pero esto es lo que debíais haber practicado sin descuidar lo otro(AI). 43 ¡Ay de vosotros, fariseos!, porque amáis los primeros asientos en las sinagogas y los saludos respetuosos en las plazas(AJ). 44 ¡Ay de vosotros!, porque sois como sepulcros(AK) que no se ven, sobre los que andan los hombres sin saberlo.

45 Respondiendo uno de los intérpretes de la ley[ad](AL), le dijo*: Maestro, cuando dices esto, también a nosotros nos insultas. 46 Y Él dijo: ¡Ay también de vosotros, intérpretes de la ley[ae](AM)!, porque cargáis a los hombres con cargas difíciles de llevar, y vosotros ni siquiera tocáis las cargas con uno de vuestros dedos(AN). 47 ¡Ay de vosotros!, porque edificáis los sepulcros de[af] los profetas(AO), y fueron vuestros padres quienes los mataron. 48 De modo que sois testigos, y aprobáis las acciones de vuestros padres; porque ellos los mataron y vosotros edificáis sus sepulcros. 49 (AP)Por eso la sabiduría de Dios también dijo: «Les enviaré profetas y apóstoles(AQ), y de ellos, matarán a algunos y perseguirán[ag] a otros, 50 para que la sangre de todos los profetas, derramada desde la fundación del mundo(AR), se le cargue[ah] a esta generación, 51 desde la sangre de Abel(AS) hasta la sangre de Zacarías(AT), que pereció entre el altar y la casa de Dios; sí, os digo que le será cargada[ai] a esta generación». 52 ¡Ay de vosotros, intérpretes de la ley[aj](AU)!, porque habéis quitado la llave del conocimiento; vosotros mismos no entrasteis, y a los que estaban entrando se lo impedisteis(AV).

53 Cuando salió de allí, los escribas y los fariseos comenzaron a acosarle en gran manera, y a interrogarle minuciosamente sobre muchas cosas, 54 tramando contra Él(AW) para atraparle en algo que dijera[ak](AX).

Footnotes

  1. Lucas 11:1 Lit., El
  2. Lucas 11:2 Algunos mss. incluyen en los vers. 2, 3 y 4, frases que se encuentran en Mat. 6:9-13
  3. Lucas 11:3 O, diariamente
  4. Lucas 11:3 O, para el día venidero
  5. Lucas 11:5 Lit., ¿Quién de vosotros
  6. Lucas 11:6 Lit., ponerle delante
  7. Lucas 11:7 Lit., están conmigo en la cama
  8. Lucas 11:8 O, insistencia
  9. Lucas 11:11 Lit., Pero ¿a cuál de vosotros el hijo le pedirá al padre
  10. Lucas 11:11 Algunos mss. antiguos no incluyen: pan,...o si un
  11. Lucas 11:12 Lit., O también
  12. Lucas 11:13 Lit., Padre del cielo
  13. Lucas 11:16 Lit., poniéndole
  14. Lucas 11:16 O, un milagro
  15. Lucas 11:17 Lit., una casa contra una casa
  16. Lucas 11:21 Lit., el
  17. Lucas 11:21 Lit., en paz
  18. Lucas 11:27 O, el vientre
  19. Lucas 11:27 Lit., cargó
  20. Lucas 11:29 O, milagro
  21. Lucas 11:29 O, milagro
  22. Lucas 11:29 O, milagro
  23. Lucas 11:30 O, un milagro
  24. Lucas 11:34 O, claro
  25. Lucas 11:37 Lit., se recostó
  26. Lucas 11:38 Lit., bautizado
  27. Lucas 11:39 Lit., vuestro interior está lleno
  28. Lucas 11:41 O, de lo que tenéis
  29. Lucas 11:41 Lit., he aquí
  30. Lucas 11:45 I.e., expertos en la ley de Moisés
  31. Lucas 11:46 I.e., expertos en la ley de Moisés
  32. Lucas 11:47 O, monumentos a
  33. Lucas 11:49 O, echarán fuera
  34. Lucas 11:50 O, se le exija
  35. Lucas 11:51 O, se le exigirá
  36. Lucas 11:52 I.e., expertos en la ley de Moisés
  37. Lucas 11:54 Lit., algo de su boca

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