The Dumb Man in Luke the Eleven (Luke 11.14–26, in William Tyndale's translation)

And he was casting out a devil, which was dumb. And it followed when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake, and the people wondered. But some of them said, he casteth out devils by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. And other tempted him, seeking of him a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said unto them: Every kingdom divided within itself shall be desolate: and one house shall fall upon another. So if Satan be divided within himself, how shall his kingdom endure? Because ye say that I cast out devils by the power of Beelzebub. If I by the power of Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

When a strong man armed watcheth his house, that he possesseth is in peace. But when a stronger than he cometh upon him and overcometh him, he taketh from him his harness wherein he trusted, and divideth his goods. He that is not with me, is against me. And he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through waterless places, seeking rest. And when he findeth none, he sayeth: I will return again unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other spirits worse than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there. And the end of that man is worse than the beginning.

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