But he (auto de). In contrast with them. Knowing their thoughts (eidw autwn ta dianohmata). From dianoew, to think through or distinguish. This substantive is common in Plato, but occurs nowhere else in the N.T. It means intent, purpose. Jesus knew that they were trying to tempt him. And a house divided against a house falleth (kai oiko epi oikon piptei). It is not certain that diamerisqeisa (divided) is to be repeated here as in Matthew 12:25 ; Mark 3:25 . It may mean, and house falls upon house, "one tumbling house knocking down its neighbour, a graphic picture of what happens when a kingdom is divided against itself" (Bruce).