20 Then he went home. Such a large crowd gathered again that Jesus and his disciples[a] couldn’t even eat. 21 When his family heard about it, they went to restrain him, because they kept saying, “He’s out of his mind!”
22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem kept repeating, “He has Beelzebul,” and, “He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.”
23 So Jesus[b] called them together and began to speak to them in parables. “How can Satan drive out Satan?24 Ifa kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25 And if a household is divided against itself, that household won’t stand.26 So if Satan rebels against himself and is divided, he cannot stand. Indeed, his end has come.27 No one can go into a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions without first tying up the strong man. Then he can ransack his house.28 I tell all of you[c] with certainty, people will be forgiven their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter.[d]29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven, but is guilty of eternal sin.” 30 …because they had been saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
14 Jesus[a] was driving a demon out of a man who was[b] unable to talk. When the demon had gone out, the man[c] began to speak, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, wanting to test Jesus,[d] kept asking him for a sign from heaven.
17 Since he knew what they were thinking, he told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is devastated, and a divided household collapses.[e]18 Now, if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 If I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followers[f]drive them out? That is why they will be your judges! 20 But if I drive out demons by the power[g]of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.22 But when a stronger man than he attacks and defeats him, the stronger man[h] strips off that man’s armor in which he trusted and then divides his plunder.
23 “The person who isn’t with me is against me, and the person who doesn’t gather with me scatters.”
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