Luke 11

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Luke 11
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Fragment of Uncial 0191, 6th century bilingual Greek-Coptic manuscript of the Gospels with text of Luke 11:51-12:5
BookGospel of Luke
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Luke 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It records Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer and several parables and teachings told by Jesus Christ.[1] The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that Luke composed this Gospel as well as the Acts of the Apostles.[2]


The original text was written in Koine Greek and divided into 54 verses.

Textual witnesses

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:

The Lord's Prayer

The chapter opens with Jesus praying in "a certain place" and being asked to teach his disciples to pray, as John the Baptist had taught his disciples.[3] In reply Jesus taught them the model prayer [4] known generally as the Lord's Prayer.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Etching by Jan Luyken illustrating the parable of the friend at night, from the Bowyer Bible
Ask, and it will be given to you [5]
(Greek: αιτειτε και δοθησεται υμιν, aiietie kai dothēsetai hymin)

The text here mirrors Luke's text at 6:38:

Give, and it will be given to you
(δίδοτε καὶ δοθήσεται ὑμῖν, didote kai dothēsetai hymin)

God's responsiveness to persistent prayer can be understood in the light of a parable about persistence in seeking help from a neighbour. German theologian Heinrich Meyer notes that Jesus argues a minori ad majus (from the lesser to the greater),[6] a mode of reasoning similar to the Kal vachomer reasoning of Hillel the Elder.

He who does not gather with me scatters

The Latin text of Luke 10:41-11:5 in Codex Claromontanus V, from 4th or 5th century.

Luke 11:23b, also Matthew 12:30.

Baptist theologian John Gill suggests that "the allusion is either to the gathering of the sheep into the fold, and the scattering of them by the wolf; or to the gathering of the wheat, and binding it in sheaves, and bringing it home in harvest; and to the scattering of the wheat loose in the field, whereby it is lost".[7]

See also


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ Luke 11:1
  4. ^ Sub-heading at Luke 11:1 in the New King James Version
  5. ^ Luke 11:9
  6. ^ Meyer, H., Meyer's NT Commentary on Luke 11, accessed 16 June 2018
  7. ^ Gill, J. (1746–48), Gill's Exposition on Luke 11, accessed 17 June 2018

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Preceded by
Luke 10
Chapters of the Bible
Gospel of Luke
Succeeded by
Luke 12
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