Luke 11:18
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New International Version
If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

New Living Translation
You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive?

English Standard Version
And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

New American Standard Bible
"If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

King James Bible
If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

International Standard Version
Now, if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

NET Bible
So if Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his Kingdom stand?; for you say that by Beelzebub I cast out devils.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? I say this because you say Beelzebul helps me force demons out of people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons through Beelzebub.

King James 2000 Bible
If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out demons through Beelzebub.

American King James Version
If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

American Standard Version
And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils.

Darby Bible Translation
and if also Satan is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom subsist? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

English Revised Version
And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils by Beelzebub.

Webster's Bible Translation
If Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons through Beelzebub.

Weymouth New Testament
And if Satan really has engaged in fierce conflict with himself, how shall his kingdom stand?--because you say that I expel demons by the power of Baal-zebul.

World English Bible
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

Young's Literal Translation
and if also the Adversary against himself was divided, how shall his kingdom be made to stand? for ye say, by Beelzeboul is my casting forth the demons.
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. Throughout this argument Jesus assumes the existence of a kingdom of evil, all armed and thoroughly organized to carry out its dread purposes. He concedes, too, in language which admits of no questioning, the existence of a chief of this evil confederacy. Throughout his reply, the Master, while carefully bearing in mind the ability and skill of his enemies who had suggested this questioning to the people, addresses himself to the common sense of the mixed multitude who were present on this occasion. The argument is perfectly simple. It is not thinkable that the prince of evil would fight against himself, which he would be doing if he put such mighty weapons into Jesus' hands.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?.... This is the accommodation of the above parables, or proverbial sentences; suggesting, that Satan must be against himself, if what the Pharisees said was true; and consequently, his kingdom and government, could not long subsist:

because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub; which is all one as to say, that Satan is divided against himself, which is not reasonable to suppose; See Gill on Matthew 12:26 and See Gill on Mark 3:26.



Luke 11:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
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. 19"And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.

Matthew 10:25
It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
Treasury of Scripture

If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

Satan.

Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall …

ye say.

Luke 11:15 But some of them said, He casts out devils through Beelzebub the …

Matthew 12:31-34 Why I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men…

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

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