Day 55

Luke 11

 

11:1 It happened, that when he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples."

 

11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.

 

11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

 

11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"

 

11:5 He said to them, "Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,

 

11:6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,'

 

11:7 and he from within will answer and say, 'Don't bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give it to you'?

 

11:8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.

 

11:9 "I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.

 

11:10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

 

11:11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won't give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

 

11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, he won't give him a scorpion, will he?

 

11:13 If you 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?"

 

11:14 He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. It happened, when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the multitudes marveled.

 

11:15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons."

 

11:16 Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven.

 

11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided against itself falls.

 

11:18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

 

11:19 But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore will they be your judges.

 

11:20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.

 

11:21 "When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe.

 

11:22 But when someone stronger attacks him and overcomes him, he takes from him his whole armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

 

11:23 "He that is not with me is against me. He who doesn't gather with me scatters.

 

11:24 The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of the man, passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, 'I will turn back to my house from which I came out.'

 

11:25 When he returns, he finds it swept and put in order.

 

11:26 Then he goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

 

11:27 It came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!"

 

11:28 But he said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it."

 

11:29 When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet.

 

11:30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation.

 

11:31 The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here.

 

11:32 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 behold, one greater than Jonah is here.

 

11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light.

 

11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.

 

11:35 Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness.

 

11:36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."

 

11:37 Now as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him. He went in, and sat at the table.

 

11:38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed himself before dinner.

 

11:39 The Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness.

 

11:40 You foolish ones, didn't he who made the outside make the inside also?

 

11:41 But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.

 

11:42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you bypass justice and the love of God. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.

 

11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces.

 

11:44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like hidden graves, and the men who walk over them don't know it."

 

11:45 One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you insult us also."

 

11:46 He said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.

 

11:47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

 

11:48 So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs.

 

11:49 Therefore also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute,

 

11:50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

 

11:51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.

 

11:52 Woe to you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge. You didn't enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered."

 

11:53 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;

 

11:54 lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch him in something he might say, that they might accuse him.

 

1 Timothy 5

 

5:1 Don't rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers;

 

5:2 the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

 

5:3 Honor widows who are widows indeed.

 

5:4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to repay their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

 

5:5 Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.

 

5:6 But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives.

 

5:7 Also command these things, that they may be without reproach.

 

5:8 But if anyone doesn't provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

5:9 Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

 

5:10 being approved by good works, if she has brought up children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, and if she has diligently followed every good work.

 

5:11 But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry;

 

5:12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge.

 

5:13 Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

 

5:14 I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for reviling.

 

5:15 For already some have turned aside after Satan.

 

5:16 If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don't let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.

 

5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

 

5:18 For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain." And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

 

5:19 Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses.

 

5:20 Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

 

5:21 I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.

 

5:22 Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.

 

5:23 Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

 

5:24 Some men's sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later.

 

5:25 In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can't be hidden.

 

1 Timothy 6

 

6:1 Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed.

 

6:2 Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

 

6:3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn't consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness,

 

6:4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

 

6:5 constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.

 

6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

 

6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out.

 

6:8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.

 

6:9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.

 

6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

6:11 But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

 

6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

 

6:13 I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession,

 

6:14 that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 

6:15 which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

 

6:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.

 

6:17 Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy;

 

6:18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

 

6:19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.

 

6:20 Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;


6:21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.