He warned them not to tell others about him.1
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This was to fulfill2 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
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"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.
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He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope."5
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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
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All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"7
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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
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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.
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If Satan11 drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
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