222Then a 3demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to bJesus, and He healed him, so that the mutemanspoke and saw.
23All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the 4Son of David, can he?"
But when the Phariseesheard this, they said, "Thisman5casts out demonsonly by cBeelzebul the ruler of the demons."
256And 7knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "dAnykingdomdividedagainstitself is laidwaste; and eanycityorhousedividedagainstitself will not stand.26"If8Satancasts out Satan, he fis dividedagainsthimself; howthen will his kingdomstand?27"If I 9by gBeelzebulcast out demons, 10by whom do your sonscast them out? For thisreason they will be your judges.28"But 11if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.29"Orhowcananyoneenter the strongman'shouse and carryoff his property, unless he firstbinds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30"12He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.31"13Therefore I say to you, anysin and blasphemy shall be forgivenpeople, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.