3. The Climax of Rejection
22 aThen there was brought to Him one possessed by a demon, 1bblind and cdumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
23 And all the crowds were amazed and said, Is this not the 1aSon of David?
24 But the Pharisees, hearing this, said, This man does not cast out the demons except by 1aBeelzebul, bruler of the demons.
25 aBut bknowing their thoughts, He said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his 1akingdom stand?
27 And if I, by aBeelzebul, cast out the demons, by whom do your sons bcast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I, by the 1aSpirit of God, cast out the demons, then the 2bkingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or how can anyone enter into the 1house of the 2strong man and aplunder his 3goods unless he first 4binds the strong man? And then he will thoroughly plunder his house.
30 1He who is not with Me is aagainst Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
31 aTherefore I say to you, Every sin and bblasphemy will be forgiven men, but 1blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever 1speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, aneither in this 2bage nor in the one to come.
33 Either make the tree good and its afruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for 1by the fruit the tree is known.
34 Offspring of avipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the bheart the mouth speaks.
35 The good man, out of his good treasure, brings forth good things, and the evil man, out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil things.
36 And I say to you that every 1idle word which men shall speak, they will render an aaccount concerning it in the day of bjudgment.
37 For by your 1awords you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.