The scribes who came down 1from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by 2Beelzebul," and "3He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
4And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in 5parables, "How can 6Satan cast out Satan?
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
"If 7Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!
"8But no one can enter the strong man's house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.
"9Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
but 10whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin "-
because they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."