The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 11
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1 And as he was praying in a certain place, it] occurred, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him:
Our Lord, teach us to pray**, as John also taught his disciples.
2 Jesus said to them:
When ye pray, thus speak ye:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallow be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth;
3 give us daily the bread we need;
4 and remit to us our sins, for we also remit to all that are indebted to us; and bring us not into trials, but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said to them:
Which of you shall have a friend, that shall come to him at midnight and say to him, My friend, lend me three cakes;
6 for a friend hath come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And his friend within shall answer, and say to him:
Do not disturb me, for lo, the door is closed, and my children with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say to you:
If he give him not, on account of friendship, yet on account of [his] importunity, he will arise and give [him] as much as he asketh.
9 I say also to you:
Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and ye will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it is opened.
11 For which of you being a father, if his son shall ask him for bread, will he reach to him a stone ? Or, if he ask of him a fish, will he, instead of a fish, reach to him a serpent?
12 Or, if he ask of him an egg, will he reach to him a scorpion?
13 And if ye, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him ?
14 And as he was casting out a demon that was dumb, it occurred, that when the demon had gone out, the dumb [man] conversed: and the multitudes admired.
15 But some of them said:
It is by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that he casteth out demons.
16 And others, to tempt him, asked of him a sign from heaven.
17 But Jesus, as he knew their thoughts, said to them:
Every kingdom that is divided against itself, will become a desolation:
and a house that is divided against itself, will fall.
18 And if Satan be divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand ? since ye say, that I by Beelzebub cast out demons.
19 And if I, by Beelzebub, cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? Therefore will they be to you judges.
20 But if I, by the finger of God, cast out demons, the kingdom of God hath come near* to you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his doorway, his property rests securely.
22 But if a stronger than he come and overpower him, he taketh away all his arms on which he relied, and divideth the spoil of him.
23 He that is not for me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, actually scattereth.
24 An unclean spirit, when he goeth out of a man, goeth wandering in places where no water is, in order to find rest; and, as he cannot find [it] he saith:
I will return to my habitation, from which I came.
25 And when he cometh***, he findeth it swept clean and set in order.
26 Then he goeth and taketh seven other spirits, worse than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And while he was saying these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifted up her voice, and said to him:
Blessed is the womb that carried thee, and the breasts that nursed thee.
28 He said to her:
Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
29 And when multitudes were assembled, he began to say:
This evil generation seeketh a sign; and no sign will be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet.
30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of man be a sign to this generation.
31 The queen of the south will stand up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them; for she came from the other side of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and lo, one superior to Solomon is here.
32 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and lo, one superior to Jonah is here.
33 No one lighteth a lamp, and putteth it in a secret place, or under a bushel, but upon a light-stand; that they who come in, may see its light.
34 The lamp of thy body is thy eye. Therefore, when thy eye is sound, thy whole body will be enlightened; but if it be bad, thy body also will be dark.
35 See to it, therefore, lest the light that is in thee, be darkness.
36 For if thy whole body be enlightened, and no part in it be dark, the whole will be luminous, as if a lamp enlightened thee by its radiance.
37 And while he was speaking, a certain Pharisee requested him to dine with him:
and he went in, and reclined.
38 And the Pharisee noticing him, wondered that he did not previously baptize before dinner.
39 And Jesus said to him:
Now ye Pharisees make clean the exterior of the cup and the dish; but your interior is full of extortion and wickedness.
40 Ye deficient in understanding! did not he who made the exterior, make also the interior?
41 But, give ye alms from what ye possess; and lo, every thing will be clean to you.
42 But woe to you, Pharisees ! for ye tithe mint and rue, and every pot-herb; but pass over justice and the love of God. Now ye ought to do these things, and not to omit those.
43 Woe to you, Pharisees! who love the chief seats in the synagogues, and a salutation in the streets.
44 Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye are like graves that are unknown, and men walk over them and do not know [it].
45 And one of the Scribes replied, and said to him:
Teacher, while saying these things, thou reproachest us also.
46 And he said:
Woe to you also! ye Scribes, who lade men with heavy burdens; yet ye yourselves will not touch those burdens with one of your fingers
47 Woe to you! who build the sepulchres of the prophets, whom your fathers slew.
48 Thus ye testify, that ye acquiesce in the deeds of your fathers; for they slew them, and ye build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore hath wisdom said:
Lo, I will send to them prophets and legates ; and some of them they will persecute and slay;
50 that from this generation may be required, the blood of all the prophets, which hath been shed since the world was created;
51 from the blood of Abel, to the blood of Zachariah who was slain between the temple and the altar. Yea, say I to you:
It will be required of this generation.
52 Woe to you, Scribes; for ye have taken away the keys of knowledge: ye yourselves enter not, and them that are entering ye hinder.
53 And when he had said these things to them, the Scribes and Pharisees began to be offended, and became angry, and carped at his discourses,
54 and practised many wiles upon him, seeking to catch some thing from his lips, that they might accuse him.
ns. * v. 8 Casting out demons was a common practice. But in of itself was an occult act. But Christ had power to order them on His word alone.
** v. 1 – ‘pray’ – to petition power on earth. a legal, binding, enforceable order.
*** v. 25 – a restraining order doesn’t have the enforcement of a protective order – in the latter, the perpetrator may not return.
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Ben Sira 51 KJVA
1 I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my Saviour: I do give praise unto thy name:
2 For thou art my defender and helper, and has preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and has been mine helper against mine adversaries:
3 And hast delivered me, according to the multitude of they mercies and greatness of thy name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had;
4 From the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not;
5 From the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words.
6 By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath.
7 They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me: I looked for the succour of men, but there was none.
8 Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies.
9 Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and prayed for deliverance from death.
10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the proud, when there was no help.
11 I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard:
12 For thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee, and bless they name, O Lord.
13 When I was yet young, or ever I went abroad, I desired wisdom openly in my prayer.
14 I prayed for her before the temple, and will seek her out even to the end.
15 Even from the flower till the grape was ripe hath my heart delighted in her: my foot went the right way, from my youth up sought I after her.
16 I bowed down mine ear a little, and received her, and gat much learning.
17 I profited therein, therefore will I ascribe glory unto him that giveth me wisdom.
18 For I purposed to do after her, and earnestly I followed that which is good; so shall I not be confounded.
19 My soul hath wrestled with her, and in my doings I was exact: I stretched forth my hands to the heaven above, and bewailed my ignorances of her.
20 I directed my soul unto her, and I found her in pureness: I have had my heart joined with her from the beginning, therefore shall I not be forsaken.
21 My heart was troubled in seeking her: therefore have I gotten a good possession.
22 The Lord hath given me a tongue for my reward, and I will praise him therewith.
23 Draw near unto me, ye unlearned, and dwell in the house of learning.
24 Wherefore are ye slow, and what say ye to these things, seeing your souls are very thirsty?
25 I opened my mouth, and said, Buy her for yourselves without money.
26 Put your neck under the yoke, and let your soul receive instruction: she is hard at hand to find.
27 Behold with your eyes, how that I have but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest.
28 Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.
29 Let your soul rejoice in his mercy, and be not ashamed of his praise.
30 Work your work betimes, and in his time he will give you your reward.
Ben Sira 51 KJVA
The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 11