Luke 11:20
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New International Version
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

New Living Translation
But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.

English Standard Version
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

New American Standard Bible
"But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

King James Bible
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

International Standard Version
But if I drive out demons by the power of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

NET Bible
But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But if I cast out devils by the finger of God, the Kingdom of God has come near to you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if I force out demons with the help of God's power, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if I with the finger of God cast out the demons, certainly the kingdom of God is come upon you.

King James 2000 Bible
But if I with the finger of God cast out demons, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

American King James Version
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you.

American Standard Version
But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if I by the finger of God cast out devils; doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Darby Bible Translation
But if by the finger of God I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God is come upon you.

English Revised Version
But if I by the finger of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if I with the finger of God cast out demons, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Weymouth New Testament
But if it is by the power of God that I drive out the demons, it is evident that the Kingdom of God has come upon you.

World English Bible
But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.

Young's Literal Translation
but if by the finger of God I cast forth the demons, then come unawares upon you did the reign of God.
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 20. - But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Here Jesus points to a fact well known and thoroughly established. There was no question here; the most obstinate cases of possession had yielded to that "finger" be spoke of here; the fiercest of the, alas! (then) great company of the insane, at the bidding of that quiet, humble Rabbi, for ever shook off the spirit of madness, in whatever form of terrible possession it had been dwelling in his body. There was no question here; the only point raised by his enemies how had that quiet Rabbi done these strange, mighty works - Jesus had answered; and now draws a picture of one of these acts of his. The "finger of God" in St. Matthew, where the same or a similar discourse is related, is called the "Spirit of God." The expression is strange, but is one not unusual in ancient Hebrew phraseology. So the Egyptian magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God" (Exodus 8:19). The ten commandments are described as written on the two tables of stone with the "finger of God." "You have seen by what power the devils obey me; yea, the kingdom of God, for which you are waiting and looking, lo, it is come upon you."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if I with the, finger of God,.... The power of God, referring to Exodus 8:19 and so the Cabalistic Jews (r) explain it,

"the finger is one of the five in the hand, and is that finger which works by the power of Elohim;''

it is the same with the Spirit of God; See Gill on Matthew 12:28 which is often called the hand of the Lord, Ezekiel 1:3.

(r) R. Mosch in Sepher Hashem, apud Cabal. Denudata. T. I. par. l. p. 146.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. the finger of God—"the Spirit of God" (Mt 12:28); the former figuratively denoting the power of God, the latter the living Personal Agent in every exercise of it.

Luke 11:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
19"And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? So they will be your judges. 20"But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.…
Cross References
Exodus 8:19
the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the LORD had said.

Matthew 3:2
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

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.

Luke 11:21
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.
Treasury of Scripture

But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you.

the finger.

Exodus 8:19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and …

Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of …

the kingdom. For the destruction of the kingdom of Satan plainly implies the setting up of the kingdom of God. The reasoning of the Pharisees (ver.

Luke 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom divided …

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither …

Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Luke 10:9,11 And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, The kingdom …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching …

Acts 28:23-28 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into …

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

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