Jesus Christ » History of » Heals a demoniac, and denounces the scribes and pharisees (in galilee)
Then was brought to him one possessed with a devil, which was both blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that he which was blind and dumb, both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, "Is not this the son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard that, they said, "This fellow driveth the devils no other wise out, but by the help of Beelzebub the chief of the devils." read more.
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, "Every kingdom divided within itself shall be brought to nought. Neither shall any city or household divided against itself, continue. So if Satan cast out Satan, then is he at variance within himself. How shall then his kingdom endure? Also, if I, by the help of Beelzebub, cast out devils: by whose help do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out the devils by the spirit of God, then is the kingdom of God come on you? Either how can a man enter into a strong man's house, and violently take away his goods, except he first bind the strong man, and then spoil his house? He that is not with me, is against me: And he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy of the spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the holy ghost, it shall not be forgiven him: no, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good also, or else make the tree evil, and his fruit evil also. For the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye say well, when ye yourselves are evil? For of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth good things. And an evil man out of his evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that of every idle word, that men shall have spoken, they shall give accounts at the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified: and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
and Judas Iscariot, which same also betrayed him. And they came unto house, and the people assembled together again, so greatly that they had not leisure so much as to eat bread. And when they that longed unto him heard of it, they went out to hold him. For they said, "He is too fervent." read more.
And the scribes, which came from Jerusalem, said, "He hath Beelzebub, and by the power of the chief devil, casteth out devils." And he called them unto him, and in similitudes said unto them, "How can Satan drive out Satan? For if a realm be divided against itself, that realm cannot endure. Or if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot continue: So if Satan make insurrection against himself, and be divided, he cannot continue, but is it an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and take away his goods, except he first bind that strong man and then spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto men's children: and blasphemy, wherewith they blaspheme: but he that blasphemeth the holy ghost shall never have forgiveness: but is in danger of eternal damnation." Because they said, "He had an unclean spirit."
And he was a casting out a devil, which was dumb. And it followed when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake, and the people wondered. But some of them said, "He casteth out devils by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of the devils." And others tempted him seeking of him a sign from heaven. read more.
But he knew their thoughts, and said unto them, "Every kingdom divided within itself shall be desolate: and one house shall fall upon another. So if Satan be divided within himself: how shall his kingdom endure? Be cause ye say that I cast out devils by the power of Beelzebub? If I by the power of Beelzebub cast out devils: by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt, the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man, armed, watcheth his house; That he possesseth, is in peace. But when a stronger than he cometh upon him, and overcometh him: he taketh from him, his harness, wherein he trusted, and divideth his goods. "He that is not with me is against me. And he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through waterless places seeking rest. And when he findeth none, he sayeth, I will return again unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits worse than himself: and they enter in, and dwell there. And the end of that man is worse than the beginning."