Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.
But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.
He knew their thoughts, so he said, "Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A divided home is also doomed.
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, "Any country in civil war for very long is wasted. A constantly squabbling family falls to pieces.
But he, having knowledge of their thoughts, said to them, Every kingdom in which there is division is made waste; and a house in which there is division comes to destruction.
But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house.
But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.
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1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 sn Jesus here demonstrated the absurdity of the thinking of those who maintained that he was in league with Satan and that he actually derived his power from the devil. He first teaches (vv. 17-20) that if he casts out demons by the ruler of the demons, then in reality Satan is fighting against himself, with the result that his kingdom has come to an end. He then teaches (v. 21-22) about defeating the strong man to prove that he does not need to align himself with the devil because he is more powerful. Jesus defeated Satan at his temptation (4:1-13) and by his exorcisms he clearly demonstrated himself to be stronger than the devil. The passage reveals the desperate condition of the religious leaders, who in their hatred for Jesus end up attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.
3 tn Or “is left in ruins.”
4 tn Grk “and house falls on house.” This phrase pictures one house collapsing on another, what is called today a “house of cards.”