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. but some
of them said, “He casts out demons by beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”
others, to test Him, were demanding of him a sign from heaven.
but He knew their thoughts and said to them, “any kingdom divided
itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. if
satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? for
you say that i cast out demons by beelzebul and if i by beelzebul cast
out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? so they will be your
“but if i cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
“when a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. but
when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes
away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his
“he who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.
the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless
places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘i will return to my
house from which i came. and when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. then
it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and
they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse
than the first.”
while Jesus was
saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and
said to Him, “blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at
which You nursed.”
but He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
there is no spiritual switzerland.