25A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
26Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”
27The man answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ ”
28“You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”
29But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
30Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead.31It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by, on the other side.32In the same way a Levite also came along, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by, on the other side.33But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.34He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’ ”
36And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour towards the man attacked by the robbers?”
37The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”
Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”
Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching. 40Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”
41The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things,42but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.”
1One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:
May your holy name be honoured;
may your Kingdom come.
3Give us day by day the food we need.
4Forgive us our sins,
for we forgive everyone who does us wrong.
And do not bring us to hard testing.’ ”
5And Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.6A friend of mine who is on a journey has just come to my house, and I haven't got any food for him!’7And suppose your friend should answer from inside, ‘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.’8Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.
9“And so I say to you: ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.10For all those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.11Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish?12Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?13Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
14Jesus was driving out a demon that could not talk; and when the demon went out, the man began to talk. The crowds were amazed, 15but some of the people said, “It is Beelzebul, the chief of the demons, who gives him the power to drive them out.”
16Others wanted to trap Jesus, so they asked him to perform a miracle to show that God approved of him. 17But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said to them, “Any country that divides itself into groups which fight each other will not last very long; a family divided against itself falls apart.18So if Satan's kingdom has groups fighting each other, how can it last? You say that I drive out demons because Beelzebul gives me the power to do so.19If this is how I drive them out, how do your followers drive them out? Your own followers prove that you are wrong!20No, it is rather by means of God's power that I drive out demons, and this proves that the Kingdom of God has already come to you.
21“When a strong man, with all his weapons ready, guards his own house, all his belongings are safe.22But when a stronger man attacks him and defeats him, he carries away all the weapons the owner was depending on and divides up what he stole.
23“Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering.
24“When an evil spirit goes out of a person, it travels over dry country looking for a place to rest. If it can't find one, it says to itself, ‘I will go back to my house.’25So it goes back and finds the house clean and tidy.26Then it goes out and brings seven other spirits even worse than itself, and they come and live there. So when it is all over, that person is in a worse state than he was at the beginning.”
27When Jesus had said this, a woman spoke up from the crowd and said to him, “How happy is the woman who bore you and nursed you!”
28But Jesus answered, “Rather, how happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
29As the people crowded round Jesus, he went on to say, “How evil are the people of this day! They ask for a miracle, but none will be given them except the miracle of Jonah.30In the same way that the prophet Jonah was a sign for the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign for the people of this day.31On Judgement Day the Queen of Sheba will stand up and accuse the people of today, because she travelled all the way from her country to listen to King Solomon's wise teaching; and I tell you there is something here greater than Solomon.32On Judgement Day the people of Nineveh will stand up and accuse you, because they turned from their sins when they heard Jonah preach; and I assure you that there is something here greater than Jonah!
33“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a bowl;instead, he puts it on the lampstand, so that people may see the light as they come in.34Your eyes are like a lamp for the body. When your eyes are sound, your whole body is full of light; but when your eyes are no good, your whole body will be in darkness.35Make certain, then, that the light in you is not darkness.36If your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be bright all over, as when a lamp shines on you with its brightness.”
37When Jesus finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and sat down to eat. 38The Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus had not washed before eating. 39So the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of your cup and plate, but inside you are full of violence and evil.40Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside?41But give what is in your cups and plates to the poor, and everything will be ritually clean for you.
42“How terrible for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of the seasoning herbs, such as mint and rue and all the other herbs, but you neglect justice and love for God. These you should practise, without neglecting the others.
43“How terrible for you Pharisees! You love the reserved seats in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market places.44How terrible for you! You are like unmarked graves which people walk on without knowing it.”
45One of the teachers of the Law said to him, “Teacher, when you say this, you insult us too!”
46Jesus answered, “How terrible also for you teachers of the Law! You put loads on people's backs which are hard to carry, but you yourselves will not stretch out a finger to help them carry those loads.47How terrible for you! You make fine tombs for the prophets — the very prophets your ancestors murdered.48You yourselves admit, then, that you approve of what your ancestors did; they murdered the prophets, and you build their tombs.49For this reason the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and messengers; they will kill some of them and persecute others.’50So the people of this time will be punished for the murder of all the prophets killed since the creation of the world,51from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the Holy Place. Yes, I tell you, the people of this time will be punished for them all!
52“How terrible for you teachers of the Law! You have kept the key that opens the door to the house of knowledge; you yourselves will not go in, and you stop those who are trying to go in!”
53When Jesus left that place, the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to criticize him bitterly and ask him questions about many things, 54trying to lay traps for him and catch him saying something wrong.