Mark 3:22
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New International Version
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

New Living Translation
But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, "He's possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That's where he gets the power to cast out demons."

English Standard Version
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”

New American Standard Bible
The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."

King James Bible
And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul in Him!" and, "He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons!"

International Standard Version
The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem kept repeating, "He has Beelzebul," and, "He drives out demons by the ruler of demons."

NET Bible
The experts in the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and, "By the ruler of demons he casts out demons."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebub in him and by The Ruler of devils he casts out devils.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "Beelzebul is in him," and "He forces demons out of people with the help of the ruler of demons."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said that he had Beelzebub and that by the prince of the devils he cast out devils.

King James 2000 Bible
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the demons casts he out demons.

American King James Version
And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casts he out devils.

American Standard Version
And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils.

Darby Bible Translation
And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons he casts out demons.

English Revised Version
And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the devils casteth he out the devils.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem, said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the demons he casteth out demons.

Weymouth New Testament
The Scribes, too, who had come down from Jerusalem said, "He has Baal-zebul in him; and it is by the power of the Prince of the demons that he expels the demons."

World English Bible
The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul," and, "By the prince of the demons he casts out the demons."

Young's Literal Translation
and the scribes who are from Jerusalem having come down, said -- 'He hath Beelzeboul,' and -- 'By the ruler of the demons he doth cast out the demons.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-30 It was plain that the doctrine of Christ had a direct tendency to break the devil's power; and it was as plain, that casting of him out of the bodies of people, confirmed that doctrine; therefore Satan could not support such a design. Christ gave an awful warning against speaking such dangerous words. It is true the gospel promises, because Christ has purchased, forgiveness for the greatest sins and sinners; but by this sin, they would oppose the gifts of the Holy Ghost after Christ's ascension. Such is the enmity of the heart, that unconverted men pretend believers are doing Satan's work, when sinners are brought to repentance and newness of life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - The scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, etc. These scribes had apparently been sent down by the Sanhedrim, on purpose to watch him, and, by giving their own opinion upon his claims, to undermine his influence. They gave as their authoritative judgment, "He hath Beelzebub." One of the most prominent characteristics of the public works of our Lord was the expulsion of evil spirits. There was no questioning the facts. Even modern scepticism is here at fault, and is constrained to admit the fact of sudden and complete cures of insanity. So the scribes were obliged to account for what they could not deny. "He hath Beelzebub," they say; that is, he is possessed by Beelzebub, or "the lord of the dwelling," as a source of supernatural power. They had heard it alleged against him," He hath a devil;" and so they fall in with this popular error, and give it emphasis, by saying, Not only has he a devil, but he is possessed by the chief of the devils, and therefore has authority over inferior spirits. Observe the contrast between the thoughts of the multitude and of those who professed to be their teachers, the scribes and Pharisees. The multitude, free from prejudice, and using only their natural light of reason, candidly owned the greatness of Christ's miracles as wrought by a Divine power; whereas the Pharisees, filled with envy and malice, attributed these mighty works which he wrought by the finger of God, to the direct agency of Satan.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Scribes which came down from Jerusalem,.... Or, "but the Scribes", &c. who had an aversion to Christ, and a different opinion of him: these were they, who having heard much of the doctrine and miracles of Christ, came down from Jerusalem, which lay in the upper, and higher part of the land of Israel, into Galilee, a low country, to make their observations upon him; and take every advantage they could against him, being men, in their way, letter learned, and artful, and cunning: these

said, he hath Beelzebub: or, as the Syriac and Persic versions render it, "Beelzebub is in him": sometimes they call him Beelzebub; sometimes say that he cast out devils by him; and here, that he had him, or was in him; Beelzebub possessed him, and assisted him, and there was a confederacy and familiarity between them:

and by the prince of devils casteth he out devils; for so they reckoned Beelzebub to be; See Gill on Matthew 10:25, Matthew 12:24.



Mark 3:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
21When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "He has lost His senses." 22The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons." 23And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?…
Cross References
2 Kings 1:2
Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, "Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury."

Matthew 9:34
But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."

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!

Matthew 11:18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

Matthew 15:1
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
Treasury of Scripture

And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casts he out devils.

which.

Mark 7:1 Then came together to him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, …

Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

Luke 5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there …

He hath.

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casts out devils through the prince of the devils.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant …

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

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

John 7:20 The people answered and said, You have a devil: who goes about to kill you?

John 8:48,52 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you …

John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

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