Bible: Mark 3:20-30
Jesus and Beelzebul
3:20 Now 1 Jesus 2 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 3:21 When his family 3 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 3:22 The experts in the law 4 who came down from Jerusalem 5 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 6 and, “By the ruler 7 of demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 So 8 he called them and spoke to them in parables: 9 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If 10 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 3:27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 11 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 12 3:28 I tell you the truth, 13 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 14 3:29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 15 3:30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” 16 ).