22 Meanwhile, the teachers of the law, who had come from Jerusalem, said, “He is in the power of Beelzebul: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons.”
23 Jesus called them to him, and began teaching them by means of stories, or parables. “How can Satan drive out Satan?
24 If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand.
25 If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive.
26 In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished.
27 No one can break into the house of a strong man in order to plunder his goods, unless he first ties up the strong man. Then indeed, he can plunder his house.
28 Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven humankind, even insults to God, however numerous.
29 But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He carries the guilt of his sin forever.”
30 This was their sin when they said, “He has an unclean spirit in him.”