Matthew 12:28
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.

Berean Study Bible
But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Berean Literal Bible
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
But when I force out demons by the power of God's Spirit, it proves that God's kingdom has already come to you.

Good News Translation
No, it is not Beelzebul, but God's Spirit, who gives me the power to drive out demons, which proves that the Kingdom of God has already come upon 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.

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

New American Standard 1977
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon 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.
Study Bible
A House Divided
27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and steal his possessions, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can 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 acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

Matthew 12:29
How can anyone enter a strong man's house and steal his possessions, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

1 John 3:8
The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the very start. This is why the Son of God was revealed, to destroy the works of the devil.

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 is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Luke 11:20
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

then.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 21:31,43
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you…

Isaiah 9:6,7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

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

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

drive out
ἐκβάλλω (ekballō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Spirit
Πνεύματι (Pneumati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

of God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

then
ἄρα (ara)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 686: Then, therefore, since. Probably from airo; a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

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

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has come
ἔφθασεν (ephthasen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5348: Apparently a primary verb; to be beforehand, i.e. Anticipate or precede; by extension, to have arrived at.

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

you.
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
(28) By the Spirit of God.--In Luke 11:20 we have as an equivalent phrase, "the finger of God." So in Old Testament language the fulness of the prophet's inspiration was expressed in the words, "the hand of the Lord was strong upon me" (Ezekiel 3:14). The second hymn in the Ordination Service reproduces the symbolism in the words addressed to the Holy Spirit--

"In faithful hearts thou writ'st thy law,

The finger of God's hand;"

and it obviously connects itself with the older language which describes the Ten Commandments as written on the two tables of stone with "the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18).

Then the kingdom of God is come unto you.--The word describes a coming suddenly, unlooked for, sooner than men expected. The argument may be briefly formulated thus:--The work was confessedly superhuman, either from the power of Satan or that of God, but the former hypothesis was excluded by the reasoning of Matthew 12:25-27; the latter was therefore the only explanation. But if so, if Jesus gave proof that He was thus filled with the power of the Spirit to heal and save, then He was what He claimed to be, the Head of the divine kingdom. That kingdom had burst upon men unawares.

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. 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.
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