Now He was driving out a demon that was mute.a When the demon came out, the man who had been mute, spoke, and the crowds were amazed.
But some of them said, "He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons!"
And others, as a test, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven.
Knowing their thoughts, He told them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls.
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul.
And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, who is it your sons b drive them out by? For this reason they will be your judges.
If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure. c22
But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he takes from him all his weapons d, the armor and weapons of a foot soldier; Eph 6:11 , 13 he trusted in, and divides up his plunder.
Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.