Mark 3:23
New International Version
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?

New Living Translation
Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked.

English Standard Version
And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?

Berean Study Bible
So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?

Berean Literal Bible
And having called them to Him, He began speaking to them in parables: "How is Satan able to cast out Satan?

King James Bible
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

New King James Version
So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan?

New American Standard Bible
And so He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan?

NASB 1995
And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?

NASB 1977
And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?

Amplified Bible
So He called them to Himself and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan?

Christian Standard Bible
So he summoned them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So He summoned them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?

American Standard Version
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua called them, and he said to them in parables, “How is Satan able to cast out Satan?”

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told the people to gather around him. Then he spoke to them in riddles and said: How can Satan force himself out?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after he had called them together, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan?

English Revised Version
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Good News Translation
So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus called them together and used this illustration: "How can Satan force out Satan?

International Standard Version
So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables. "How can Satan drive out Satan?

Literal Standard Version
And having called them near, He said to them in allegories, “How is Satan able to cast out Satan?

NET Bible
So he called them and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan?

New Heart English Bible
And so he summoned them, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?

Weymouth New Testament
So He called them to Him, and using figurative language He appealed to them, saying, "How is it possible for Satan to expel Satan?

World English Bible
He summoned them, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?

Young's Literal Translation
And, having called them near, in similes he said to them, 'How is the Adversary able to cast out the Adversary?

Additional Translations ...
Context
A House Divided
22And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “By the prince of the demons He drives out demons.” 23So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.…

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 12:25
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Matthew 13:3
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Mark 3:24
If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.

Mark 4:2
And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said,

Mark 4:11
He replied, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside everything is expressed in parables,

Mark 12:1
Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a wine vat, and built a watchtower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.


Treasury of Scripture

And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

in parables.

Psalm 49:4
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Matthew 13:34
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

How.

Matthew 12:25-30
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: …

Luke 11:17-23
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth…









(23) Said unto them in parables.--The word is used in its wider sense, as including any form of argument from analogy more or less figurative. As in most reports of discourses as distinct from facts, St. Mark is somewhat briefer than St. Matthew.

Verses 23-27. - How can Satan cast out Satan? Observe here that our Lord distinctly affirms the personality of Satan, and a real kingdom of evil. But then he goes on to show that if this their allegation were true, namely, that he cast out devils by the prince or the devils, then it would follow that Satan's kingdom would be divided against itself. As a house divided against itself cannot stand, so neither could the kingdom of Satan exist in the world if one evil spirit was opposed to another for the purpose of dispossessing, the one the other, from the minds and bodies of men. Our Lord thus employs another argument to show that he casts out evil spirits, not by Beelzebub, but by the power of God. It is as though he said, "As he who invades the house of a strong man cannot succeed until he first binds the strong man; in like manner I, Christ Jesus, who spoil the kingdom of Satan, whilst I lead sinners who had been under his power to repentance and salvation, must first bind Satan himself, otherwise he would never suffer me to take his captives from him. Therefore he is my enemy, and not in league with me, not my ally in the casting out of evil spirits, as you falsely represent me to be. It behoves you, then, to understand that it is with the Spirit of God that I cast out devils, and that therefore the kingdom of God is come upon you."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[Jesus] called them together
προσκαλεσάμενος (proskalesamenos)
Verb - Aorist Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4341: To call to myself, summon. Middle voice from pros and kaleo; to call toward oneself, i.e. Summon, invite.

[and] began to speak
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

to them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
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.

in
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.

parables:
παραβολαῖς (parabolais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3850: From paraballo; a similitude, i.e. fictitious narrative, apothegm or adage.

“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
δύναται (dynatai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

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.

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.

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


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