And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem1 said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub !2 By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."3
So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables:4 "How can Satan5 drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.
In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.6
I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."7
He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit."