Luke 11:18
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.

Berean Study Bible
If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

Berean Literal Bible
And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say I cast out the 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.

New King James Version
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

New American Standard Bible
And if Satan also has been divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you claim that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul.

NASB 1995
“If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

NASB 1977
“And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

Amplified Bible
If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand and continue to survive? For you are saying that I drive out demons by [the power of] Beelzebul.

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

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.

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.

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.”

Contemporary English Version
If Satan fights against himself, how can his kingdom last? Yet you say that I force out demons by the power of Beelzebul.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
So if Satan's kingdom has groups fighting each other, how can it last? You say that I drive out demons because Beelzebul gives me the power to do so.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
and if Satan was also divided against himself, how will his kingdom be made to stand? For you say by Beelzebul is My casting forth the demons,

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.

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A House Divided
17Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and a house divided against a house will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.…

Cross References
Matthew 4:10
"Away from Me, Satan!" Jesus declared. "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 acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

Matthew 10:25
It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. 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 then his kingdom stand?

ye say.

Luke 11:15
But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

Matthew 12:31-34
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men…

James 3:5-8
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! …









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
If
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

Satan
Σατανᾶς (Satanas)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4567: An adversary, Satan. Of Chaldee origin corresponding to ma'bad; the accuser, i.e. The devil.

is divided
διεμερίσθη (diemeristhē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1266: To divide up into parts, break up; I distribute. From dia and merizo; to partition thoroughly.

against
ἐφ’ (eph’)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

himself,
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

{can} his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

stand?
σταθήσεται (stathēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

After all,
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

you say that
λέγετε (legete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

I
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

drive out
ἐκβάλλειν (ekballein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1544: To throw (cast, put) out; I banish; I bring forth, produce. From ek and ballo; to eject.

demons
δαιμόνια (daimonia)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1140: An evil-spirit, demon; a heathen deity. Neuter of a derivative of daimon; a d?Monic being; by extension a deity.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Beelzebul.
Βεελζεβοὺλ (Beelzeboul)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 954: Beelzebul, a name of Satan, the chief of evil spirits. Of Chaldee origin; dung-god; Beelzebul, a name of Satan.


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