Matthew 12:22-30International Standard Version (ISV)
Jesus is Accused of Working with Beelzebul
22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to talk was brought to him. Jesus[a] healed him so that the man[b] could speak and see. 23 All the crowds were amazed and kept saying, “This man isn’t the Son of David, is he?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man drives out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”
25 He knew what they were thinking and told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.26 Soif Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How, then, can his kingdom stand?27 IfI drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followers[c]drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.29 How can someone 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. 30 The person who isn’t with me is against me, and the person who isn’t gathering with me is scattering.
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.
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