Bible: Matthew 12:22-37

Jesus and Beelzebul

12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus 1  healed him so that he could speak and see. 2  12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David? 12:24 But when the Pharisees 3  heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 4  the ruler 5  of demons! 12:25 Now when Jesus 6  realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 7 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 8  and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if 9  Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 10  cast them 11  out? For this reason they will be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God 12  has already overtaken 13  you. 12:29 How 14  else can someone enter a strong man’s 15  house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. 16  12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, 17  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 18  12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, 19  but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 20  But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, 21  either in this age or in the age to come.

Trees and Their Fruit

12:33Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad 22  and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. 12:34 Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. 12:35 The good person 23  brings good things out of his 24  good treasury, 25  and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. 12:36 I 26  tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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