Matthew 12:22-32

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22 1Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.
23 2And all the people were amazed, and said, 3"Can this be the Son of David?"
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, 4"It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons."
25 5Knowing their thoughts, 6he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, 7by whom do 8your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
28 But if it is 9by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then 10the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or 11how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed 12he may plunder his house.
30 13Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
31 14Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but 15the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 And whoever speaks a word 16against the Son of Man 17will be forgiven, but 18whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in 19this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 12:22-32 In-Context

20 a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;
21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope."
22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons."
25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Cross References 19

  • 1. For ver. 22-24, see Luke 11:14, 15; [Matthew 9:32-34]
  • 2. John 4:29; John 7:26, 31; See Matthew 9:27
  • 3. John 4:29; John 7:26, 31; See Matthew 9:27
  • 4. Mark 3:22; See Matthew 10:25
  • 5. See Matthew 9:4
  • 6. For ver. 25-29, see Mark 3:23-27; Luke 11:17-22
  • 7. [Acts 19:13]
  • 8. [2 Kings 2:7]
  • 9. [ver. 18]
  • 10. Matthew 19:24; Matthew 21:31, 43; Luke 17:21
  • 11. Isaiah 49:24
  • 12. [Isaiah 53:12]
  • 13. Luke 11:23; [Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50]
  • 14. For ver. 31, 32, see Mark 3:28-30; [Luke 12:10; Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26; 1 John 5:16]
  • 15. [Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29]
  • 16. Matthew 11:19; John 7:12; John 9:24
  • 17. 1 Timothy 1:12, 13
  • 18. [See ver. 31 above]
  • 19. [Ephesians 1:21]
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