Matthew 12:28
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New International Version
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

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

English Standard Version
But if it is by the Spirit 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 Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

King James Bible
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if I am casting out demons by The Spirit of God, the Kingdom of God has come near to you.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if I cast out the demons by the Spirit of God, then certainly the kingdom of God is come unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

American King James Version
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

Darby Bible Translation
But if *I* by [the] Spirit of God cast out demons, then indeed the kingdom of God is come upon you.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
'But if I, by the Spirit of God, do cast out the demons, then come already unto you did the reign of God.
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

Verse 28. - The argument continues: "But if this be so (I say nothing about your disciples, but speak only of my own works) - if I really cast out devils by God's help, this shows such a strange putting forth of God's strength that it can mean nothing else but the coming of the Messianic kingdom." Observe that this could not be affirmed from the success of the Pharisees' disciples, for with them expulsion of devils, even if it were real, was, as it were, accidental, standing in no close connexion with their work (cf. Matthew 7:22, note). Besides, they did not, as our Lord did, claim to be the Messiah, and to inaugurate the kingdom. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God; but if I by the Spirit of God, etc. (Revised Version). The chief emphasis lies on by the Spirit of God, and there is a secondary emphasis on J, as compared with "your sons." Observe the absence of the article in ἐν πνεύματι Θεοῦ; contrast vers. 31, 32, and comp. Matthew 1:18, note. Luke has, "by the finger of God," a term used to designate God's power as put forth upon nature (Exodus 8:19; Exodus 31:18; cf. Psalm 8:3). Then. Little as you think it (ἄρα); cf. Luke 11:48. The kingdom of God. In contrast to Satan's kingdom (ver. 26). Is come (ἔφθασαεν: praevenit, Codex Brixianus; cf. Wordsworth and White's Vulgate). This may mean

(1) it has come sooner than you expected, it has got the start of you (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:15); or

(2) it has actually come as far as you, it has arrived. This latter sense seems to be more in accordance with Hellenistic usage (cf. Philippians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:16). Unto you; upon you (Revised Version), ἐφ ὑμᾶς.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God,.... As it was certain he did, from the nature, use, and design of such miracles; and it could not be reasonably thought, that Satan would assist in what was so very opposite to his kingdom and interest, and was so serviceable to the cause and glory of Christ. All the three persons had an hand in the miracles of the Messiah; they were done by Christ, in his Father's name, and by the power of the Spirit of God; from which the following inference may be justly deduced,

then the kingdom of God is come unto you: meaning, either the Messiah himself; or rather, his kingdom, the Gospel dispensation, which both Christ and John had declared to be at hand; of which the performing of miracles, particularly the casting out of devils, whereby the kingdom of Satan was so much weakened, was a clear proof.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God—In Luke (Lu 11:20) it is, "with (or 'by') the finger of God." This latter expression is just a figurative way of representing the power of God, while the former tells us the living Personal Agent was made use of by the Lord Jesus in every exercise of that power.

then—"no doubt" (Lu 11:20).

the kingdom of God is come unto you—rather "upon you," as the same expression is rendered in Luke (Lu 11:20):—that is, "If this expulsion of Satan is, and can be, by no other than the Spirit of God, then is his Destroyer already in the midst of you, and that kingdom which is destined to supplant his is already rising on its ruins."

Matthew 12:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
A House Divided
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. 29"Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.…
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 12:29
"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

1 John 3:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
Treasury of Scripture

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.

I cast.

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul …

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall …

Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

then.

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Matthew 21:31,43 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

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

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that …

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: …

Mark 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that comes in the name …

Luke 1:32,33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and …

Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which sticks on us, we do wipe off …

Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom …

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom …

Luke 17:20,21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

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