(116) Jesus Answers the Pharisees
Now Jesus was casting out a demon, and it was dumb. And it came about, when the demon had gone out, the one who was mute began to speak. The people were amazed; but some of them said, “He cast out demons by Beelzebub, the chief of demons.”
Others, testing Him, wanted Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will experience desolation, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is also divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? You say that I cast out demons through Beelzebub. Well, if I do this by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, without a doubt the kingdom of God has come upon you.
“When an armed strong man guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger comes upon him and overcomes him, the stronger takes away all his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoils.
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he walks through dry places seeking rest. Finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When he comes he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and gets seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
And it came about, as Jesus spoke these things, a certain woman in the crowd called out to Him, saying, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you.”
But He said, “Yes, but more than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God -- and obey it.
(116) Jesus Answers the Pharisees
Luke 11:14-28, KJV
14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. 27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
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