Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 27

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27: And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.— edit KJV text
27: And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.— edit Douay text


By whom do your children, etc. Jesus 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.

The words of Jesus, here, do not prove that they had actually the power of casting out devils, but only that they claimed it, and practised magic or jugglery. See Acts 19:13.

Your children. Your disciples, or followers. See Barnes "Mt 1:1".


They shall be your judges. They shall condemn you and your argument. They are conclusive witnesses against the force of your reasoning.

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