Matthew 12:27
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New International Version
And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.

New Living Translation
And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said.

English Standard Version
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

New American Standard Bible
"If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.

King James Bible
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, who is it your sons drive them out by? For this reason they will be your judges.

International Standard Version
If I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followers drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!

NET Bible
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if I am casting out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I force demons out of people with the help of Beelzebul, who helps your followers force them out? That's why they will be your judges.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

King James 2000 Bible
And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

American King James Version
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

American Standard Version
And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

Darby Bible Translation
And if *I* cast out demons by Beelzebub, your sons, by whom do they cast [them] out? For this reason *they* shall be your judges.

English Revised Version
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children expel them? therefore they shall be your judges.

Weymouth New Testament
And if it is by Baal-zebul's power that I expel the demons, by whose power do your disciples expel them? They therefore shall be your judges.

World English Bible
If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

Young's Literal Translation
'And if I, by Beelzeboul, do cast out the demons, your sons -- by whom do they cast out? because of this they -- they shall be your judges.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:22-30 A soul under Satan's power, and led captive by him, is blind in the things of God, and dumb at the throne of grace; sees nothing, and says nothing to the purpose. Satan blinds the eyes by unbelief, and seals up the lips from prayer. The more people magnified Christ, the more desirous the Pharisees were to vilify him. It was evident that if Satan aided Jesus in casting out devils, the kingdom of hell was divided against itself; how then could it stand! And if they said that Jesus cast out devils by the prince of the devils, they could not prove that their children cast them out by any other power. There are two great interests in the world; and when unclean spirits are cast out by the Holy Spirit, in the conversion of sinners to a life of faith and obedience, the kingdom of God is come unto us. All who do not aid or rejoice in such a change are against Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 27, 28. - Parallel passage: Luke 11:19, 20, almost verbally identical. Verse 27. - And (καί). Another stage in his argument. There is a further reason why they should hesitate before making such an accusation; their own disciples claimed to be able to cast out devils. If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children; sons (Revised Version); i.e. your pupils, who will carry on your work (cf. "sons of the prophets"). Cast them out? (cf. Matthew 4:24, note). For examples of such cases by others than professed followers of Christ, see Luke 9:49; Acts 19:13. Josephus also mentions some, but they are mere impostures; he says ('Ant.,' 08:02.5), "Solomon left behind him the manner of using exorcisms, by which they drive away demons, so that they never return, and this method of cure is of great force unto this day; for I have seen a certain man of my own country, whose name was Eleazar, releasing people that were demoniacal in the presence of Vespasian, and his sons, and his captains, and the whole multitude of his soldiers. The manner of the sure was this: he put a ring that had a root of one of those sorts mentioned by Solomon to the nostrils of the demoniac, after which he drew out the demon through his nostrils; and when the man fell down immediately, he abjured him to return into him no more, making still mention of Solomon, and reciting the incantations which he composed" (cf. also Dr. Cheatham's article on "Exorcism," in 'Dict. of Christian Antiq.'). Therefore they. Emphatic (αὐτοί), and hence, presumably, the transposition in the Revised Version, shall they. Shall be your judges. Our Lord asks the preceding question, neither denying nor affirming for himself the fact that their disciples cast out devils, but only by way of argument. He implies, "You will answer that they do so by God's help. If so, then your sons shall be your judges, convicting you of insincerity. You acknowledge that they work miracles by God's help, and you do not acknowledge that I do. But you cannot stop short there. You must acknowledge that I also cast out devils by God's help."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils,.... As the Pharisees asserted, and would have the people believe; for this is not allowed, only for argument sake supposed:

by whom do your children cast them out? meaning not the apostles and disciples of Christ, the children of the Jews, to whom Christ gave power of casting out devils, and who had exercised it in his name; and therefore argues, if they in his name cast out devils, why could he not do it himself, without the help of Satan? wherefore these would be judges against them: but, no doubt, the Pharisees had no better opinion of the disciples, and of their ejection of devils, than of Christ; wherefore, it is not likely, that our Lord should argue with them from hence: but rather, he means, some among themselves, who pretended to have a power of exorcising and ejecting of devils, either in the name of Jesus, as some of them did, Mark 9:38 or in the name of their kings, righteous men, prophets and patriarchs, as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (w); and which practice, perhaps, they took up and made pretensions to, in imitation of Christ and his apostles; so as Christ healed men possessed of devils, they also affected to do the same. A story is reported (x),

"concerning Ben Talmion, that a miracle was wrought by R. Eleazar bar Jose, who healed a king's daughter at Rome, in whose body the devil entered, whose name was Ben Talmion; and they brought him (the Jew) to the king's treasury, to take what he would, but he would take nothing from thence, but letters, in which were written the decrees they had decreed against Israel; and when he found them, he tore them to pieces, and there he saw the vessels of the house of the sanctuary, in the treasury.''

Now since the Jews pretended to do these things, Christ asks them, by whom they cast out devils? Whether by the Spirit of God, or by Beelzebub? They would doubtless say by the former, and not the latter, which would show their great partiality; for admitting that the like actions were done by them, as by him, why not by the same power? Why should their ejection of devils be ascribed to God, and his to Beelzebub?

Therefore they shall be your judges; who will rise up against you, and condemn you one day, for this unequal judgment you now pass; and which was just the reverse of the true state of the case: for he cast out devils by the Spirit of God, which they imputed to the assistance of Beelzebub; their children cast out devils, or pretended to do so, and it was by the help of Satan; and yet they ascribed it to a divine power, even though they made use of the name of Satan, under that of Beelzebub, or Asmodeus, their exorcising, of which take the following form (y).

"By the authority of the glorious and fearful name, I adjure thee Asmodeus, "king of the devils", and all thy company, &c. that ye hurt not, nor put in fear, nor trouble such an one, the son of such an one, but that ye help him, and sustain him (or deliver him) out of every distress and anguish, and from every evil thing, and from all diseases, that enter into the two hundred and forty eight members, &c.''

(w) Justin Martyr, adv. Tryphon. p. 311. (x) In Gloss. in T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 57. 1. Meilah, fol. 17. 2.((y) Raziel, fol. 41. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children—"your sons," meaning here the "disciples" or pupils of the Pharisees, who were so termed after the familiar language of the Old Testament in speaking of the sons of the prophets (1Ki 20:35; 2Ki 2:3, &c.). Our Lord here seems to admit that such works were wrought by them; in which case the Pharisees stood self-condemned, as expressed in Luke (Lu 11:19), "Therefore shall they be your judges."

Matthew 12:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
26"If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27"If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28"But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.…
Cross References
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 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!

Acts 19:13
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."
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And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Beelzebub.

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

by whom.

Mark 9:38,39 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils …

Luke 9:49,50 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils …

Luke 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast …

Acts 19:13-16 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took on them to call …

they.

Matthew 12:41,42 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

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