Luke 11:11
New International Version
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?

New Living Translation
"You fathers--if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?

English Standard Version
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;

Berean Study Bible
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?

Berean Literal Bible
And which father among you, if the son will ask for a fish, and instead of a fish, will give to him a serpent?

New American Standard Bible
"Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

King James Bible
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Christian Standard Bible
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

Contemporary English Version
Which one of you fathers would give your hungry child a snake if the child asked for a fish?

Good News Translation
Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

International Standard Version
What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of the fish?

NET Bible
What father among you, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?

New Heart English Bible
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, he won't give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Which of you is a father whose son will ask him for bread and would hand him a stone, and if he asks him for a fish will, instead of a fish, hand him a snake,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If your child asks you, his father, for a fish, would you give him a snake instead?

New American Standard 1977
“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

King James 2000 Bible
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

American King James Version
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

American Standard Version
And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Darby Bible Translation
But of whom of you that is a father shall a son ask bread, and [the father] shall give him a stone? or also a fish, and instead of a fish shall give him a serpent?

English Revised Version
And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent?

Webster's Bible Translation
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he shall ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Weymouth New Testament
And what father is there among you, who, if his son asks for a slice of bread, will offer him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish offer him a snake?

World English Bible
"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?

Young's Literal Translation
'And of which of you -- the father -- if the son shall ask a loaf, a stone will he present to him? and if a fish, will he instead of a fish, a serpent present to him?
Study Bible
Ask, Seek, Knock
10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?…
Cross References
Matthew 7:10
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:12
Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

Treasury of Scripture

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

a son.

Isaiah 49:15
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Matthew 7:9
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?







Lexicon
What
Τίνα (Tina)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

father
πατέρα (patera)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

among
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

you,
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

[if his]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

son
υἱὸς (huios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

asks for
αἰτήσει (aitēsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 154: To ask, request, petition, demand. Of uncertain derivation; to ask.

a fish,
ἰχθύν (ichthyn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2486: A fish. Of uncertain affinity; a fish.

will give
ἐπιδώσει (epidōsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1929: (a) trans: I hand in, give up, (b) intrans: I give way (to the wind). From epi and didomi; to give over.

him
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

a snake
ὄφιν (ophin)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3789: Probably from optanomai; a snake, figuratively, an artful malicious person, especially Satan.

instead?
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.
Verse 11. - If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? The Master keeps on adducing instances of the loving Fatherhood of God. All the while men were thinking hard things of him and his sovereignty. "Children," urged the Savior, "such things, such a cruel part as you would in your dark sad thoughts ascribe to the loving heavenly Father, is simply unthinkable in the case of earthly parents. They never really turn a deaf ear to their children's pleading; think you that your Father which is in heaven will refuse to listen to you when you indeed call on him?" 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.
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