New American Standard Bible
"If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
King James Bible
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Darby Bible Translation
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, your sons, by whom do they cast them out? For this reason they shall be your judges.
World English Bible
If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
Young's Literal Translation
'And if I, by Beelzeboul, do cast out the demons, your sons -- by whom do they cast out? because of this they -- they shall be your judges.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
By whom do your children cast them out? - Your disciples; your followers.
See the notes at Matthew 1:1. Christ was not satisfied by showing them the intrinsic absurdity of their argument. He showed them that it might as well be applied to them as to him. your disciples, taught by you and encouraged by you, pretend to cast out devils. If your argument be true that a man who casts out devils must be in league with the devil, then "your disciples" have made a covenant with him also. You must therefore either give up this argument, or admit that the working of miracles is proof of the assistance of God.
Therefore they shall be your judges - They condemn you and your argument. They are conclusive witnesses against the force of your reasoning.
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Blasphemous Accusations of the Jews.
Sign Seekers, and the Enthusiast Reproved.
The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.
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!
But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
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