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XI.  And it came to pass that, as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as also John taught his disciples.

2And he said to them: When ye pray, say; Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.

3Give us day by day our daily bread.

4And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves forgive every one indebted to us. And bring us not into temptation.

5And he said to them: Who of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say to him:

6Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;

7and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door is already shut, and my children with me are in bed; I can not rise and give thee?

8I say to you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

9I also say to you: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

10For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

11And what father is there among you, of whom if his son ask bread, he will give him a stone; or a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent?

12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?

13If ye then, being evil, 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?

14And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, that the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes wondered.

15But some of them said: He casts out the demons through Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.

16And others, tempting, sought of him a sign from heaven.

17But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

18And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out the demons through Beelzebul.

19And if I through Beelzebul cast out the demons, through whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

20But if with the finger of God I cast out the demons, then is the kingdom of God come near to you.

21When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace.

22But when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him, he takes away his whole armor, wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

23He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.

24When the unclean spirit is gone out from the man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and not finding it, he says, I will return into my house whence I came out.

25And coming, he finds it swept and set in order.

26Then he goes, and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.

27And it came to pass, as he was saying these things, that a certain woman lifting up her voice from the multitude, said to him: Happy the womb that bore thee, and breasts which thou didst suck!

28And he said: Yea, rather, Happy they who hear the word of God, and keep it!

29And the multitudes gathering more and more, he began to say: This generation is an evil generation. It seeks a sign; and no sign shall be given it, but the sign of Jonah.

30For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

31A queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them; because she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

32Men of Nineveh will rise in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

33No one, having lighted a lamp, puts it in a secret place, or under the bushel, but on the lamp-stand, that they who come in may see the light.

34The lamp of the body is thine eye. When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is light; but when it is evil, thy body also is dark.

35Take heed therefore, lest the light that is in thee is darkness.

36If therefore thy whole body is light, having no part dark, it shall be all light as when the lamp, with its bright shining, gives thee light.

37And as he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him and he went in, and reclined at table.

38And the Pharisee, seeing it, wondered that he did not first immerse himself before dinner.

39And the Lord said to him: Now ye Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of rapacity and wickedness.

40Fools! Did not he, who made the outside, make the inside also?

41But give that which ye have in alms; and, behold, all things are clean to you.

42But woe to you, Pharisees! because ye pay tithe of mint and rue and every herb, and pass by judgment and the love of God. These ought ye to have done, and not leave those undone.

43Woe to you, Pharisees! because ye love the first seat in the synagogues, and the greetings in the markets.

44Woe to you! because ye are as tombs that appear not, and men walking over them know it not.

45And a certain one of the lawyers answering says to him: Teacher, in saying these things thou reproachest us also.

46And he said: Woe to you lawyers also! because ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

47Woe to you! because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

48So then ye bear witness to and approve the deeds of your fathers; because they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

49Therefore also said the wisdom of God: I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will slay and persecute;

50that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation,

51from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the temple. Verily I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

52Woe to you lawyers! because ye took away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and those who were entering in ye hindered.

53And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things;

54lying in wait for him, seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.