So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?
And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
Jesus called them over and said to them by way of illustration, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
Jesus confronted their slander with a story: "Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan?
And turning to them, he said to them in the form of a story, How is it possible for Satan to put out Satan?
And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan?
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1 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of previous action(s) in the narrative.
2 sn Jesus spoke two parables to demonstrate the absurdity of the thinking of the religious leaders who maintained that he was in league with Satan and that he actually derived his power from the devil. The first parable (vv. 23-26) teaches that if Jesus cast 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. The second parable (v. 28) about tying up a strong man proves that Jesus does not need to align himself with the devil because Jesus is more powerful. Jesus defeated Satan at his temptation (1:12-13) 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 (a position for which they will be held accountable, 3:29-30). For an explanation of what a parable is, see the note on parables in 4:2.