1 When he finished praying in a certain place,[1] one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just[2] as John also[3] taught his disciples.”

                    2 He said to them, “When you pray, say,

                    ‘Father,[4] 

may your name be kept holy.[5]

                    May[6] your Kingdom come.[7]

                    3 Give us day by day our daily bread.[8]

                    4 Forgive us our sins,

                                    for we ourselves also[9] forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

                    Lead[10] us not into temptation.[11]

                    5 He said to them, “Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight,[12] and say to[13] him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6  for a friend of mine has come to me from[14] a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ 7  and he from within will answer and say, ‘Do not bother me.[15] The door is now[16] shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot[17] get up and give you anything?’[18] 8  I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence,[19] he will get up[20] and give him whatever he needs.[21]

                    9 “I tell you, keep asking,[22] and it will be given you. Keep seeking,[23] and you will find. Keep knocking,[24] and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

                    11 “Which of you fathers, [25] if his son[26] asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?[27] 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?[28] 13 If you then, being[29] evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the[30] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”[31]

                    14 He was casting out[32] a demon, and it was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the multitudes[33] marveled.[34] 15 But some of them said, “He casts[35] out demons by Beelzebul, the prince[36] of the demons.” 16 Others, to test him,[37] sought[38] from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste[39] and a divided household falls.[40] 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast[41] out demons by Beelzebul. 19 But if I cast[42] out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children[43] cast them out?[44] Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I by God’s finger[45] cast[46] out demons, then the kingdom of God[47] has come upon[48] you.

                    21 “When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace,[49] his goods[50] are safe. 22 But when someone stronger[51] attacks him and overcomes[52] him, he takes from him his whole armor[53] in which he trusted, and divides[54] his plunder.[55]

                    23 “He that is not with me is against me. He who does not gather with me scatters.

24 “The unclean spirit, when it[56] has gone out of a person,[57] passes through waterless[58] places, seeking[59] rest, and finding none,[60] it[61] says, ‘I will return[62] to my house from which I came out.’[63] 25 When it[64] returns, it[65] finds it[66] swept and put in order. 26 Then it[67] goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than itself,[68] and they enter[69] in and dwell there. The last state of that man[70] becomes[71] worse than the first.”[72]

                    27 It came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude[73] lifted up[74] her voice, and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!”[75]

                    28 But he said, “On the contrary, blessed[76] are those who hear the word of God, and keep[77] it.”

                    29 When the crowds[78] were increasing,[79] he began to say, “This is an evil generation.[80] It seeks[81] after[82] a sign. No sign will be given to it but[83] the sign of Jonah.[84] 30 For even[85] as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be[86] to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise up at[87] the judgment with the men[88] of this generation, and will[89] condemn them: for[90] she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something[91] greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men[92] of Nineveh will stand up at[93] the judgment with this generation, and will[94] condemn it: for[95] they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something[96] greater than Jonah is here.

                    33 “No one, when he has lit[97] a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket,[98] but on a stand,[99] that those who come in[100] may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye.[101] Therefore when your eye is good,[102] your whole body is [103] full of light; but when it is evil,[104] your body also[105] is full of darkness.[106] 35 Therefore see whether[107] the light that is in you is not[108] darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark,[109] it will be wholly[110] full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining[111] gives you light.”[112]

                    37 Now as he[113] spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine[114] with him. He went in, and reclined[115] at the table. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he was astonished[116] that he had not first washed himself before dinner.[117] 39 The[118] Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish,[119] but your inside[120] is full of greediness[121] and wickedness. 40 Fools![122] Did not he[123] who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give for gifts[124] [125] those things which are within, and behold, everything[126] will be clean to you.[127] 42 But woe to you Pharisees! For[128] you tithe[129] mint and rue and every herb,[130] but you neglect justice and the love of God.[131] You ought to have done these,[132] and not to have left the other undone.[133] 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you![134] For[135] you are like unmarked[136] graves, and the people[137] who walk over them don’t know it.”

                    45 One of the lawyers[138] answered him,[139] “Teacher, in saying these things[140] you insult us also.”

                    46 He said, “Woe to you lawyers[141] also! For[142] you load people[143] with burdens that are hard to bear,[144] and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers![145] 47 Woe to you! For[146] you build the tombs of the prophets, and[147] your fathers killed them. 48 So[148] you are witnesses[149] and consent to[150] the deeds[151] of your fathers. For[152] they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Therefore[153] also the wisdom of God[154] said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles; and[155] some of them they will kill and persecute, 50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was[156] shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of[157] this generation; 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.’[158] Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. 52 Woe to you lawyers![159] For[160] you have taken[161] away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering!”[162]

                    53 As he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be terribly angry, and to draw many things out of him;[163] 54 lying in wait for him, and seeking[164] to catch him in something he might say.[165]


[1] ESV: “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished”, though footnote indicates that Greek is he. LEB: “And it happened that while he was in a certain place praying.”

[2] ESV: drops “just”

[3] ESV: drops “also”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[4] Following LEB/ESV: drops “Our...in heaven”

[5] ESV: “hallowed be your name”; LEB: “may your name be treated as holy.”

[6] ESV: drops “May”; LEB=WEB

[7] In WEB there is another line following this, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” but both LEB/ESV drop, following.

[8] ESV: “Give us each day our daily bread”, margin: “Or our bread for tomorrow”; LEB: “Give us each day our daily bread.”

[9] ESV: drops “also”; LEB=WEB

[10] Rep. WEB “Bring” w/LEB/ESV: “lead”

[11] WEB has another line, “but deliver us from the evil one” but dropped w/LEB/ESV.

[12] ESV: “who has a friend will go to him at midnight”; LEB: “Who of you will have a friend, and will go to him at midnigh”

[13] Rep. WEB “tell” w/LEB/ESV: “say to”

[14] ESV: replaces “comes to me from” with “arrived on”; but LEB similar to WEB.

[15] LEB: “cause me trouble.”

[16] LEB: “has been already”

[17] LEB: “am not able”

[18] Rep. “give it to you” w/LEB/ESV: “and give you anything”

[19] Rep. “persistence” w/LEB/ESV: “impudence”; ESV margin: “persistence”; LEB note: “Or ‘shamelessness’; some translate as ‘persistence’ based on the context, though this is not the normal meaning fo the word.” Suggest that further work be done to determine if shamelessness works better here, shamelessness seems a more evident and common word than impudence.

[20] ESV: “rise”

[21] Rep WEB: “as many as” w/LEB/ESV: “whatever he needs.”

[22] LEB/ESV: “ask”

[23] LEB/ESV: “seek”

[24] LEB/ESV: “knock”

[25] Follow LEB/ESV: Drops “if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” though ESV mg. notes in some manuscripts.

[26] WEB: “he” due to previous note on extraneous text, replaced with LEB: “his son.”

[27] ESV: “if his son asks for a fish, will instead give him a serpent;” LEB: “if his son will ask for a fish, instead of a fish will give him a snake?”

[28] Follow LEB/ESV which reps. “he won’t give him a scorpion, will he?” is “will give him a scorpion?”

[29] ESV: “who are”; LEB has italicized, “although you”.

[30] Rep WEB: “your” w/LEB/ESV: “the”

[31] ESV: “!”; LEB=WEB

[32] LEB: “expelling a mute demon”

[33] ESV: “people”; LEB: “crowds”

[34] LEB: “astonished”

[35] LEB: “expels”

[36] LEB: “ruler”

[37] WEB: “testing him” rep. w/LEB/ESV: “to test him”

[38] ESV: “kept seeking”; LEB: “demanded”

[39] Rep WEB “to desolation”, LEB/ESV: “laid waste”

[40] Rep WEB: “A house divided against itself falls.” w/LEB/ESV: “a divided household falls”

[41] LEB: “expel”

[42] LEB: “expel”

[43] LEB: “sons”

[44] LEB: “expel them”

[45] LEB: “finger of God”

[46] LEB: “expel”

[47] Rep. “God’s Kingdom” (WEB) w/LEB “kingdom of God.”

[48] Rep. WEB “to” w/LEB/ESV: “upon”

[49] Rep. “dwelling” w/LEB/ESV: “palace”

[50] LEB: “possessions”

[51] LEB: “a stronger man”

[52] LEB: “conquers”

[53] ESV: “takes away from him his armor”

[54] LEB: “distributes”

[55] ESV: “spoil”

[56] Rep. WEB “he”

[57] ESV: “a person”

[58] Rep “dry” (WEB) w/LEB/ESV: “waterless”

[59] LEB: “searching for”

[60] LEB: “and does not find it.”

[61] Rep. “he” w/LEB: “It.”

[62] Rep WEB “turn back” w/LEB/ESV: “return”

[63] ESV: drops “out”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[64] Rep. WEB “he” w/LEB/ESV: “it”

[65] Rep. WEB “he” w/LEB/ESV: “it”

[66] LEB italics: “the house”

[67] Rep. WEB “he” w/LEB/ESV: “it”

[68] Rep. WEB “himself” w/LEB/ESV: “itself”

[69] LEB: “go”

[70] Rep. “the man” w/LEB/ESV: “a person”

[71] ESV: “is”

[72] LEB: uses exclamation point.

[73] LEB: “from the crowd”

[74] LEB: “raised”

[75] LEB: “at which you nursed.”

[76] ESV: Replaces “On the contrary, blessed” with “Blessed rather”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[77] LEB: “follow”

[78] Rep. WEB multitudes w/LEB/ESV: “crowds”

[79] Rep. WEB “gathering together to him” w/LEB/ESV: “increasing”

[80] LEB: “This generation is an evil generation.”

[81] LEB: “demands”

[82] ESV: “for”

[83] ESV: “except”

[84] Followed LEB/ESV: drops “the prophet”

[85] LEB: “just”

[86] LEB: “so also the Son of Man will be”

[87] Rep. WEB “in” w/LEB/ESV: “at”

[88] LEB: “people”

[89] LEB drops “will”

[90] LEB: “because”

[91] Rep. WEB “one” w/LEB/ESV: “something”

[92] LEB: “people”

[93] Rep. WEB “in” w/LEB/ESV: “at”

[94] LEB: Drops “will”

[95] LEB: “because”

[96] Rep. WEB “one” w/LEB/ESV: “something”

[97] ESV: “lighting”; LEB: “after lighting”

[98] LEB: “bushel basket”

[99] LEB: “lampstand”

[100] ESV: “enter”

[101] LEB: “Your eye is the lamp of the body.”

[102] ESV: “healthy”; LEB: “sincere”

[103] ESV: drops “also”; LEB has “is full of light also”. Dropping “also” entirely.

[104] ESV: “bad”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[105] ESV: drops “also”

[106] LEB: “is dark also.”

[107] ESV: “be careful lest”; LEB: “pay careful attention”

[108] ESV: “be”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[109] LEB: “not having any part dark”

[110] LEB: “completely”

[111] ESV: “rays”; LEB: “light”

[112] LEB: “gives light to you.”

[113] ESV: “Jesus” though Gk. is “he”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[114] LEB: “have a meal”

[115] Rep. “sat” w/LEB/ESV: “reclined”

[116] Rep. WEB “marveled” w/LEB/ESV: “was astonished”

[117] LEB: “did not first wash before the meal.”

[118] LEB: “But the.”

[119] Rep. WEB “platter” w/LEB/ESV: “dish”

[120] Rep. WEB “inward part” w/LEB/ESV: “inside”

[121] Rep. WEB “extortion” w/LEB “greediness”, similar to ESV: “greed”

[122] Rep. WEB “you foolish ones” w/LEB “Fools!” similar to ESV: “You fools!”

[123] LEB: “the one”

[124] ESV: “as alms”; LEB: “as charitable giving”

[125] Followed LEB/ESV: drops “to the needy”

[126] Rep. WEB “all things w/LEB/ESV: “everything”

[127] LEB: “is clean for you.”

[128] LEB: “because”

[129] LEB: “pay a tenth”

[130] LEB: “garden herb”

[131] Rep. WEB: “bypass justice and God’s love” w/ESV: “neglect justice and the love of God” similar to LEB “neglect justice and love for God!”

[132] LEB: “But it was necessary to do these things”

[133] ESV: “without neglecting the others”; LEB: “without neglecting those things also.”

[134] Dropped WEB “scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites” instead utilize LEB/ESV: “Woe to you”

[135] LEB: “because”

[136] Rep. WEB: “hidden” w/LEB/ESV: “unmarked”

[137] Rep. “men” w/LEB/ESV: “people”

[138] LEB: “legal experts”

[139] LEB: “answered and said to him”

[140] Rep. WEB: “this” w/LEB/ESV: “these things”

[141] LEB: “legal experts”

[142] LEB: “because”

[143] Rep. WEB “men” w/LEB “people.”

[144] Rep. “that are difficult to carry” (WEB) w/LEB/ESV: “burdens hard to bear”

[145] Rep. “you yourselves won’t even lift one finger to help carry those burdens” w/LEB/ESV: “and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

[146] LEB: “because”

[147] ESV: “whom”; LEB/a/w/WEB

[148] LEB: “As a result”

[149] Rep. WEB: “testify” w/LEB/ESV: “are witnesses”

[150] LEB: “approve of”

[151] Rep. WEB “works” w/LEB/ESV: “deeds”

[152] LEB: “because”

[153] LEB: “For this reason”

[154] ESV: “Wisdom of God”; LEB/a/WEB

[155] ESV: drops “and”; LEB/a/WEB

[156] ESV: drops “which was”; LEB: “that has”

[157] ESV: “charged against”; LEB/a/WEB

[158] LEB: “temple building”, note says literally “the house.”

[159] LEB: “legal experts”

[160] LEB: “because”

[161] Rep. WEB “took” w/LEB/ESV: “have taken”

[162] Rep. WEB “and those who were entering, you hindered” w/LEB/ESV: “and you hindered those who were entering.”

[163] ESV: “As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things”; LEB: “And when he departed from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be terribly hostile, and to question him closely about many things,”

[164] LEB: “plotting”

[165] Dropped “that they might accuse him” per ESV/LEB, see following: ESV: “to catch him in something he might say”; LEB: “to catch him with reference to something he might say.”