Luke 11:17
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New International Version
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.

New Living Translation
He knew their thoughts, so he said, "Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

English Standard Version
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.

New American Standard Bible
But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.

King James Bible
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Knowing their thoughts, He told them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls.

International Standard Version
Since he knew what they were thinking, he told them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is devastated, and a divided household collapses.

NET Bible
But Jesus, realizing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and a divided household falls.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But because Yeshua knew their thoughts he said to them, “Every realm that is divided against itself will be laid waste, and the home that is divided against its nature falls.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is ruined. A house divided against itself falls.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every house or city divided against itself will not remain.

King James 2000 Bible
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falls.

American King James Version
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falls.

American Standard Version
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall.

Darby Bible Translation
But *he*, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation: and a house set against a house falls;

English Revised Version
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Weymouth New Testament
And, knowing their thoughts, He said to them, "Every kingdom in which civil war rages goes to ruin: family attacks family and is overthrown.

World English Bible
But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided against itself falls.

Young's Literal Translation
And he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, 'Every kingdom having been divided against itself is desolated; and house against house doth fall;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:14-26 Christ's thus casting out the devils, was really the destroying of their power. The heart of every unconverted sinner is the devil's palace, where he dwells, and where he rules. There is a kind of peace in the heart of an unconverted soul, while the devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it. The sinner is secure, has no doubt concerning the goodness of his state, nor any dread of the judgment to come. But observe the wonderful change made in conversion. The conversion of a soul to God, is Christ's victory over the devil and his power in that soul, restoring the soul to its liberty, and recovering his own interest in it and power over it. All the endowments of mind of body are now employed for Christ. Here is the condition of a hypocrite. The house is swept from common sins, by a forced confession, as Pharaoh's; by a feigned contrition, as Ahab's; or by a partial reformation, as Herod's. The house is swept, but it is not washed; the heart is not made holy. Sweeping takes off only the loose dirt, while the sin that besets the sinner, the beloved sin, is untouched. The house is garnished with common gifts and graces. It is not furnished with any true grace; it is all paint and varnish, not real nor lasting. It was never given up to Christ, nor dwelt in by the Spirit. Let us take heed of resting in that which a man may have, and yet come short of heaven. The wicked spirits enter in without any difficulty; they are welcomed, and they dwell there; there they work, there they rule. From such an awful state let all earnestly pray to be delivered.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he knowing their thoughts,.... Being God omniscient,

said unto them; the following parables, as they are called in Mark 3:23 or proverbial expressions, very pertinent to the purpose, and sufficient to set aside the base calumnies of the Pharisees:

every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; in process of time, division will end in destruction; and as it does in the kingdoms of the world, of which there have been fatal instances, so it would in the kingdom of Satan, was there in it a division, which the calumny of the Pharisees supposes:

and an house divided against an house, falleth. The Persic version renders it, "an house divided from the foundation, falls"; the sense is, a family, in which one part is opposed to the other, issues in the ruin of both; See Gill on Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:24, Mark 3:25.



Luke 11:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
16Others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven. 17But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. 18"If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Mark 3:23
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?
Treasury of Scripture

But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falls.

knowing.

Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided …

Mark 3:23-26 And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, How can …

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

Every.

2 Chronicles 10:16-19 And when all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the …

2 Chronicles 13:16,17 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered them …

Isaiah 9:20,21 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall …

Isaiah 19:2,3 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall …

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