23 So He summoned(A) them and spoke to them in parables:(B) “How can Satan(C) drive out Satan?(D) 24 If a kingdom(E) is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan rebels against himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished![a]

27 “On the other hand, no one can enter a strong man’s house and rob his possessions unless he first ties up(F) the strong man. Then he will rob his house.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 3:26 Lit but he has an end

17 Knowing their thoughts,(A) He told them: “Every kingdom divided(B) against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls. 18 If Satan(C) also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom(D) stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, who is it your sons[a](E) drive them out by? For this reason they will be your judges. 20 If I drive out demons by the finger of God,(F) then the kingdom of God(G) has come to you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure.[b] 22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers(H) him, he takes from him all his weapons[c](I) he trusted(J) in, and divides up his plunder.(K)

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 11:19 Your exorcists
  2. Luke 11:21 Lit his possessions are in peace
  3. Luke 11:22 Gk panoplia, the armor and weapons of a foot soldier; Eph 6:11,13

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