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Matthew 12:16-26 (Today's New International Version)

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16 He warned them not to tell others about him.1 17 This was to fulfill2 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;3 I will put my Spirit on him,4 and he will proclaim justice to the nations. 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."a5

Jesus and Beelzebul

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.6 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"7 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul,8 the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."9 25 Jesus knew their thoughts10 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 Satan11 drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
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