New American Standard Bible
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons."
King James Bible
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Darby Bible Translation
But the Pharisees, having heard it, said, This man does not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, prince of demons.
World English Bible
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons."
Young's Literal Translation
but the Pharisees having heard, said, 'This one doth not cast out demons, except by Beelzeboul, ruler of the demons.'
Matthew 12:24 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But when the Pharisees heard it ... - It was necessary for the Pharisees, who had determined to reject Jesus of Nazareth, to account in "some" way for the miracles he had performed.
Here was a manifest miracle, an exertion of power unquestionably superior to what people could put forth. The common people were fast drawing the proper inference from it, and coming into the belief that this was the Messiah. The authority and power of the Pharisees were declining. Unless, therefore, some way should be devised of accounting for these facts, their influence would be at an end. Whatever way of accounting for them was adopted, it was necessary that they should acknowledge that there was "superhuman power." The people were fully persuaded of this, and no man could deny it. They therefore ascribed it to the prince of the devils - to Beelzebub. In this they had two objects:
1. To concede to the people that here was a "miracle," or a work above mere human power.
2. To throw all possible contempt on Jesus. Beelzebub, or Beelzebul, as it is in the Greek, and correctly rendered in the margin, was an opprobrious name given to the leader of the devils as an expression of supreme contempt. See the notes at Matthew 10:25.
Library'A Greater than Jonas'
'A greater than Jonas is here.'--MATT. xii. 41. There never was any man in his right mind, still more of influence on his fellows, who made such claims as to himself in such unmistakable language as Jesus Christ does. To say such things of oneself as come from His lips is a sign of a weak, foolish nature. It is fatal to all influence, to all beauty of character. It is not only that He claims official attributes as a fanatical or dishonest pretender to inspiration may do. He does that, but He does …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xii. 32, "Whosoever Shall Speak a Word against the Holy Spirit, it Shall not be Forgiven Him, Neither In
Blasphemous Accusations of the Jews.
Sign Seekers, and the Enthusiast Reproved.
As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him.
But the Pharisees were saying, "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
"It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed.
Jump to PreviousBaal-Zebul Beelzeboul Beelzebub Beelzebul Be-El'zebul Cast Casts Demons Devils Drives Evil Except Expels Fellow Heard Hearing Pharisees Power Prince Ruler Sends Spirits
Jump to NextBaal-Zebul Beelzeboul Beelzebub Beelzebul Be-El'zebul Cast Casts Demons Devils Drives Evil Except Expels Fellow Heard Hearing Pharisees Power Prince Ruler Sends Spirits
LinksMatthew 12:24 NIV
Matthew 12:24 NLT
Matthew 12:24 ESV
Matthew 12:24 NASB
Matthew 12:24 KJV
Matthew 12:24 Bible Apps
Matthew 12:24 Biblia Paralela
Matthew 12:24 Chinese Bible
Matthew 12:24 French Bible
Matthew 12:24 German Bible
Matthew 12:24 Commentaries