7:7 “Ask 1 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 2 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 3 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 4 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 5 to those who ask him!
1 sn The three present imperatives in this verse (Ask…seek…knock) are probably intended to call for a repeated or continual approach before God.
4 tn The participle ὄντες (ontes) has been translated concessively.
5 sn The provision of the good gifts is probably a reference to the wisdom and guidance supplied in response to repeated requests. The teaching as a whole stresses not that we get everything we want, but that God gives the good that we need.