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Matthew 12:24-50 (New American Standard)

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24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man 1casts out demons only by aBeelzebul the ruler of the demons." 25 2And 3knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "bAny kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and cany city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 "If 4Satan casts out Satan, he dis divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27 "If I 5by eBeelzebul cast out demons, 6by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 "But 7if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 "Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

The Unpardonable Sin

30 "8He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 31 "9Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 "10Whoever fspeaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever gspeaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in 11this age or in the age to come.

Words Reveal Character

33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for 12the tree is known by its fruit. 34 "13You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak hwhat is good? 14For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. 35 "15The good man brings out of his good treasure iwhat is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure jwhat is evil. 36 "But I tell you that every kcareless word that people lspeak, they shall give an accounting for it in 16the day of judgment. 37 "For mby your words you will be justified, and nby your words you will be condemned."

The Desire for Signs

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, 17we want to see a osign from You." 39 But He answered and said to them, "18An evil and adulterous generation craves for a psign; and yet no qsign will be given to it but the rsign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as 19JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will 20the Son of Man be 21three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 "22The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because 23they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, 24something greater than Jonah is here. 42 "25The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, 26something greater than Solomon is here. 43 "27Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 "Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came '; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 "Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and 28the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation."

Changed Relationships

46 29While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His 30mother and 31brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You."s 48 But tJesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Behold My mother and My brothers! 50 "For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother."
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