And it came to pass as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.
And he said to them, When ye pray, say, Father, thy name be hallowed; thy kingdom come;
give us our needed bread for each day;
and remit us our sins, for we also remit to every one indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.
And he said to them, Who among you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, let me have three loaves,
since a friend of mine on a journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him;
and he within answering should say, Do not disturb me; the door is already shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise up to give [it] thee?
-- I say to you, Although he will not get up and give [them] to him because he is his friend, because of his shamelessness, at any rate, he will rise and give him as many as he wants.
And *I* say to you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it will be opened.
But of whom of you that is a father shall a son ask bread, and [the father] shall give him a stone? or also a fish, and instead of a fish shall give him a serpent?
or if also he shall ask an egg, shall give him a scorpion?
If therefore *ye*, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much rather shall the Father who is of heaven give [the] Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
And he was casting out a demon, and it was dumb; and it came to pass, the demon being gone out, the dumb [man] spoke. And the crowds wondered.
But some from among them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons casts he out demons.
And others tempting [him] sought from him a sign out of heaven.
But *he*, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation: and a house set against a house falls;
and if also Satan is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom subsist? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.
But if *I* by Beelzebub cast out demons, your sons -- by whom do they cast [them] out? For this reason *they* shall be your judges.
But if by the finger of God I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God is come upon you.
When the strong [man] armed keeps his own house, his goods are in peace;
but when the stronger than he coming upon [him] overcomes him, he takes away his panoply in which he trusted, and he will divide the spoil [he has taken] from him.
He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters.
When the unclean spirit has gone out of the man, he goes through dry places seeking rest; and not finding [any] he says, I will return to my house whence I came out.
And having come, he finds it swept and adorned.
Then he goes and takes seven other spirits worse than himself, and entering in, they dwell there; and the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first.
And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman, lifting up her voice out of the crowd, said to him, Blessed is the womb that has borne thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
But *he* said, Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep [it].
But as the crowds thronged together, he began to say, This generation is a wicked generation: it seeks a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it but the sign of Jonas.
For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites, thus shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
A queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, more than Solomon is here.
Men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, more than Jonas is here.
But no one having lit a lamp sets it in secret, nor under the corn-measure, but on the lamp-stand, that they who enter in may see the light.
The lamp of the body is thine eye: when thine eye is simple, thy whole body also is light; but when it is wicked, thy body also is dark.
See therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
If therefore thy whole body [is] light, not having any part dark, it shall be all light as when the lamp lights thee with its brightness.
But as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him that he would dine with him; and entering in he placed himself at table.
But the Pharisee seeing [it] wondered that he had not first washed before dinner.
But the Lord said to him, Now do ye Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but your inward [parts] are full of plunder and wickedness.
Fools, has not he who has made the outside made the inside also?
But rather give alms of what ye have, and behold, all things are clean to you.
But woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye pay tithes of mint and rue and every herb, and pass by the judgment and the love of God: these ye ought to have done, and not have left those aside.
Woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye love the first seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market-places.
Woe unto you, for ye are as the sepulchres which appear not, and the men walking over them do not know [it].
And one of the doctors of the law answering says to him, Teacher, in saying these things thou insultest us also.
And he said, To you also woe, doctors of the law, for ye lay upon men burdens heavy to bear, and yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
Woe unto you, for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, but your fathers killed them.
Ye bear witness then, and consent to the works of your fathers; for *they* killed them, and *ye* build [their sepulchres].
For this reason also the wisdom of God has said, I will send to them prophets and apostles, and of these shall they kill and drive out by persecution,
that the blood of all the prophets which has been poured out from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias, who perished between the altar and the house; yea, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
Woe unto you, the doctors of the law, for ye have taken away the key of knowledge; yourselves have not entered in, and those who were entering in ye have hindered.
And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him urgently, and to make him speak of many things;
watching him, [and seeking] to catch something out of his mouth, [that they might accuse him].
In those [times], the myriads of the crowd being gathered together, so that they trod one on another, he began to say to his disciples first, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy;
but there is nothing covered up which shall not be revealed, nor secret that shall not be known;
therefore whatever ye have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light, and what ye have spoken in the ear in chambers shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
But I say to you, my friends, Fear not those who kill the body and after this have no more that they can do.
But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: Fear him who after he has killed has authority to cast into hell; yea, I say to you, Fear *him*.
Are not five sparrows sold for two assaria? and one of them is not forgotten before God.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are better than many sparrows.
But I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, the Son of man will confess him also before the angels of God;
but he that shall have denied me before men shall be denied before the angels of God;
and whoever shall say a word against the Son of man it shall be forgiven him; but to him that speaks injuriously against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.
But when they bring you before the synagogues and rulers and the authorities, be not careful how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say;
for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the hour itself what should be said.
And a person said to him out of the crowd, Teacher, speak to my brother to divide the inheritance with me.
But he said to him, Man, who established me [as] a judge or a divider over you?
And he said to them, Take heed and keep yourselves from all covetousness, for [it is] not because a man is in abundance [that] his life is in his possessions.
And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
And he reasoned within himself saying, What shall I do? for I have not [a place] where I shall lay up my fruits.
And he said, This will I do: I will take away my granaries and build greater, and there I will lay up all my produce and my good things;
and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much good things laid by for many years; repose thyself, eat, drink, be merry.
But God said to him, Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall be what thou hast prepared?
Thus is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said to his disciples, For this cause I say unto you, Be not careful for life, what ye shall eat, nor for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than food, and the body than raiment.
Consider the ravens, that they sow not nor reap; which have neither storehouse nor granary; and God feeds them. How much better are *ye* than the birds?
But which of you by being careful can add to his stature one cubit?
If therefore ye cannot [do] even what is least, why are ye careful about the rest?
Consider the lilies how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I say unto you, Not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these.
But if God thus clothe the grass, which to-day is in the field and to-morrow is cast into [the] oven, how much rather you, O ye of little faith?
And *ye*, seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, and be not in anxiety;
for all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that ye have need of these things;
but seek his kingdom, and [all] these things shall be added to you.
Fear not, little flock, for it has been the good pleasure of your Father to give you the kingdom.
Sell what ye possess and give alms; make to yourselves purses which do not grow old, a treasure which does not fail in the heavens, where thief does not draw near nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
Let your loins be girded about, and lamps burning;
and *ye* like men who wait their own lord whenever he may leave the wedding, that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.
Blessed are those bondmen whom the lord [on] coming shall find watching; verily I say unto you, that he will gird himself and make them recline at table, and coming up will serve them.
And if he come in the second watch, and come in the third watch, and find [them] thus, blessed are those [bondmen].
But this know, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be dug through.
And ye therefore, be *ye* ready, for in the hour in which ye do not think [it], the Son of man comes.
And Peter said to him, Lord, sayest thou this parable to us, or also to all?
And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and prudent steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give the measure of corn in season?
Blessed is that bondman whom his lord [on] coming shall find doing thus;
verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he has.
But if that bondman should say in his heart, My lord delays to come, and begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and to drink and to be drunken,
the lord of that bondman shall come in a day when he does not expect it, and in an hour he knows not of, and shall cut him in two and appoint his portion with the unbelievers.
But that bondman who knew his own lord's will, and had not prepared [himself] nor done his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes];
but he who knew [it] not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. And to every one to whom much has been given, much shall be required from him; and to whom [men] have committed much, they will ask from him the more.
I have come to cast a fire on the earth; and what will I if already it has been kindled?
But I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how am I straitened until it shall have been accomplished!
Think ye that I have come to give peace in the earth? Nay, I say to you, but rather division:
for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided; three shall be divided against two, and two against three:
father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And he said also to the crowds, When ye see a cloud rising out of the west, straightway ye say, A shower is coming; and so it happens.
And when [ye see] the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it happens.
Hypocrites, ye know how to judge of the appearance of the earth and of the heaven; how [is it then that] ye do not discern this time?
And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
For as thou goest with thine adverse party before a magistrate, strive in the way to be reconciled with him, lest he drag thee away to the judge, and the judge shall deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
I say unto thee, Thou shalt in no wise come out thence until thou hast paid the very last mite.
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