7. Rejected by the Evil Generation
14 1And once He was acasting out a demon, and it was dumb. And when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the crowds marveled.
15 But some of them said, By 1aBeelzebul, the ruler of the demons, He casts out the demons.
16 And others, atempting Him, bsought from Him a sign out of heaven.
17 1But aHe, bknowing their 2thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and a house divided against a house falls.
18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I cast out the demons.
19 But if I by Beelzebul acast out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20 But if I by the 1finger of God cast out the demons, then the akingdom of God has come upon you.
21 When the astrong man, fully armed, guards his own 1homestead, his possessions are in peace.
22 But when one 1stronger than he comes upon him and aovercomes him, he takes away his whole armor in which he had trusted and bdistributes his spoil.
23 1He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
24 1When the unclean aspirit goes out from the man, it roams through waterless places, seeking rest, and not finding it, it says, I will return to my house from which I came out.
25 And it comes and finds it swept and decorated.
26 Then it goes and takes along other spirits more evil than itself, seven of them, and they enter and settle down there. And the last state of that man becomes aworse than the first.
27 And as He said these things, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up her voice and said to Him, aBlessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.
28 But He said, Blessed rather are those who ahear the word of God and keep it.
29 1And as the crowds were thronging together, He began to say, aThis generation is an evil generation; it bseeks a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of cJonah.
30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 The aqueen of the south will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and will bcondemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the cwisdom of Solomon, and behold, something dmore than Solomon is here.
32 aNinevite men will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they brepented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something more than Jonah is here.