Luke 11:9
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New International Version
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

New Living Translation
"And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

English Standard Version
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

New American Standard Bible
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

King James Bible
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

International Standard Version
So I say to you: Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you,

NET Bible
"So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I am also saying to you, Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"So I tell you to ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

American King James Version
And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

American Standard Version
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you.

Weymouth New Testament
"So I say to you, 'Ask, and what you ask for shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you.'

World English Bible
"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.

Young's Literal Translation
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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:5-13 Christ encourages fervency and constancy in prayer. We must come for what we need, as a man does to his neighbour or friend, who is kind to him. We must come for bread; for that which is needful. If God does not answer our prayers speedily, yet he will in due time, if we continue to pray. Observe what to pray for; we must ask for the Holy Spirit, not only as necessary in order to our praying well, but as all spiritual blessings are included in that one. For by the influences of the Holy Spirit we are brought to know God and ourselves, to repent, believe in, and love Christ, and so are made comfortable in this world, and meet for happiness in the next. All these blessings our heavenly Father is more ready to bestow on every one that asks for them, than an indulgent parent is to give food to a hungry child. And this is the advantage of the prayer of faith, that it quiets and establishes the heart in God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 9, 10. - And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall he opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Then the Lord - taking advantage of the state of mind into which his strange words had brought his hearers - made, as Professor Bruce well points out, the solemn declaration on which, and not on the parable, he desired the tried soul to lay the stress of its faith: "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you," etc. Jesus here pledges that those who act in accordance with this counsel shall find the event justify it. This statement, that those who pray to God shall surely be heard, rests absolutely on Christ's authority. It is not given as a fact which is self-evident, but as a fact which he, the Speaker, knows to be true. The man in bed is pictured in the parable as utterly selfish, regardless of his poorer neighbor's wants and sufferings. So God seems to us often, as we pray to him day after day, month after month, and our prayer receives no answer; he merely appears to us then as a passionless Spectator of the tragedies and comedies of time. "Children," said the Savior," the selfish man of my story yields to constant importunity. Think ye God, who only seems to be deaf to man's pleading voice that he may deepen his faith and educate his soul - think ye God is not listening all the while, and will not in the end, in all his glorious generosity, grant the prayer? Only pray on."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you,.... This is said by Christ, to encourage to prayer, and importunity in it; that if any one asks of God, in the name of Christ, and in faith, whether it be bread for the body, or food for the soul; or any blessing whatever, whether temporal or spiritual, it shall be given; not according to their deserts, but according to the riches of the grace of God; who is rich unto all that call upon him, in sincerity and truth:

seek, and ye shall find: whether it be Christ, the pearl of great price, or God in Christ; or particularly, pardoning grace and mercy through Christ, or the knowledge of divine things; and both grace here, and glory hereafter, as men seek for hidden treasure; such shall not lose their labour, but shall enjoy all these valuable things, and whatever they are by prayer, and in the use of other means, seeking after:

knock, and it shall be opened to you; the door of mercy with God; the door of fellowship with Christ; the door of the Gospel, and the mysteries of it and of the Gospel dispensation and church state, into which is admission, to all that seek; and the door of heaven, into which there is entrance by the blood of Jesus: the several phrases denote prayer, the continuance of it, and importunity in it; See Gill on Matthew 7:7

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9-13. (See on [1634]Mt 7:7-11.)

Luke 11:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ask, Seek, Knock
8"I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10"For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Treasury of Scripture

And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

I say.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Matthew 6:29 And yet I say to you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not …

Matthew 21:31 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Mark 13:37 And what I say to you I say to all, Watch.

Revelation 2:24 But to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not …

Ask.

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, …

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and …

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:7,16 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

John 16:23,24 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to …

2 Corinthians 12:8,9 For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me…

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may …

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

seek.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Psalm 27:4,8 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 34:4,10 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD…

Songs 3:1-4 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, …

Songs 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and …

Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

Amos 5:4-6 For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you …

John 1:45-49 Philip finds Nathanael, and said to him, We have found him, of whom …

Acts 10:4-6 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

knock.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day …

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