But some of them said, "By Beelzebub,a1 the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."216
Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.317
Jesus knew their thoughts4 and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.18If Satan5 is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub.19Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.20But if I drive out demons by the finger of God,6 then the kingdom of God7 has come to you.21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.22But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.23"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.824"When an evilb spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.'25When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.