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.124"When an evila 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.26Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."227
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."328
He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God4 and obey it."5
As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign,6 but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.730For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.31The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom,8 and now oneb greater than Solomon is here.