Pharisees’ Blasphemy

14 (A)And He was casting out a mute demon; when the demon had gone out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out the demons (B)by (C)Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, [a]to test Him, (D)were demanding of Him a [b]sign from heaven. 17 (E)But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against [c]itself falls. 18 And if (F)Satan also has been divided against himself, how will his kingdom [d]stand? For you claim that I cast out the demons by (G)Beelzebul. 19 Yet if by (H)Beelzebul I cast out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out the demons by [e]the (I)finger of God, then (J)the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When [f]a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are [g]secure. 22 But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, that man takes away his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder. 23 (K)The one who is not with Me is against Me; and the one who does not gather with Me scatters.

24 (L)When the unclean spirit comes out of [h]a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it then says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they come in and live there; and the last condition of that person becomes worse than the first.”

27 While [i]Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “(M)Blessed is the womb that carried You, and the breasts at which You nursed!” 28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are (N)those who hear the word of God and follow it.”

The Sign of Jonah

29 Now as the crowds were increasing, He began to say, (O)This generation is a wicked generation; it (P)demands a [j]sign, and so no [k]sign will be given to it except the [l]sign of Jonah. 30 For just as (Q)Jonah became a [m]sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The (R)Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because (S)they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 11:16 Lit testing
  2. Luke 11:16 I.e., confirming miracle
  3. Luke 11:17 Lit a house
  4. Luke 11:18 I.e., remain stable
  5. Luke 11:20 I.e., an undeniable act of God
  6. Luke 11:21 Lit the
  7. Luke 11:21 Lit in peace
  8. Luke 11:24 Lit the
  9. Luke 11:27 Lit He
  10. Luke 11:29 I.e., confirming miracle
  11. Luke 11:29 I.e., confirming miracle
  12. Luke 11:29 I.e., confirming miracle
  13. Luke 11:30 I.e., confirming miracle