Matthew 12:22-50 New American Standard Bible

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw . 23  All the crowds were amazed , and were saying , "This man cannot be the Son of David , can he?" 24  But when the Pharisees heard this, they said , "This man casts out demons only e e by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons ." 25  And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste ; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand . 26  "If Satan casts out Satan , he is divided against himself ; how then will his kingdom stand ? 27  "If I by Beelzebul cast out demons , by whom do your sons cast them out? For this e reason e they will be your judges . 28  "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God , then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29  "Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property , unless e he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house . 30  " He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters . 31  " Therefore e I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people , but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven . 32  " Whoever e speaks a word against the Son of Man , it shall be forgiven him; but whoever e speaks against the Holy Spirit , it shall not be forgiven him, 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, being evil , speak what is good ? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart . 35  " The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good ; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil . 36  "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak , they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment . 37  "For by your words you will be justified , and by your words you will be condemned ."

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign

38  Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher , we want to see a sign from You." 39  But He answered and said to them, " An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign ; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet ; 40  for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER , so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth . 41  " The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment , and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah ; and behold , something greater than Jonah is here . 42  " The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon ; and behold , something greater than Solomon is here .

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

43  " Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man , it passes through waterless places seeking rest , and does not find it. 44  "Then it says , 'I will return to my house from which I came '; and when it comes , it finds it unoccupied , swept , and put in order . 45  "Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself , and they go in and live there ; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first . That is the way it will also be with this evil generation ."

Jesus' Mother and Brethren

46  While He was still speaking to the crowds , behold , His mother and brothers were standing outside , seeking to speak to Him. 47  Someone said to Him, "Behold , Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You." 48  But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said , "Who is My mother and who are My brothers ?" 49  And stretching out His hand toward His disciples , He said , "Behold My mother and My brothers ! 50  "For whoever e does the will of My Father who is in heaven , he is My brother and sister and mother ."

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