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Matthew 12:19-29 (New International Version)

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19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. 21 In his name the nations will put their hope."a1

Jesus and Beelzebub

12:25-29pp -- Mk 3:23-27; Lk 11:17-22

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.2 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"3 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub,b4 the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."5 25 Jesus knew their thoughts6 and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan7 drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub,8 by whom do your people9 drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God10 has come upon you. 29 "Or again, how can anyone 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.
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