In parables (en parabolai). In crisp pungent thrusts that exposed the inconsistencies of the scribes and Pharisees. See on Matthew 13:1 ff. for discussion of the word parable (parabolh, placing beside for comparison). These short parabolic quips concern Satan's casting out (ekballei, the very word used of casting out demons) Satan (rhetorical question), a kingdom divided (merisqh, for a mere portion) against itself, a house divided (merisqh) against itself, two conditions of the third class undetermined, but with prospect of determination.