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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 11:14-26

The substance of these verses we had in Matt. 12:22 Christ is here giving a general proof of his divine mission, by a particular proof of his power over Satan, his conquest of whom was an indication of his great design in coming into the world, which was, to destroy the works of the devil. Here too he gives an earnest of the success of that undertaking. He is here casting out a devil that made the poor possessed man dumb: in Matthew we are told that he was blind and dumb. When the devil was... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 11:14-23

11:14-23 Jesus was casting out a dumb demon. When the demon came out the dumb man spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, "He casts out demons by the help of Beelzebul, who is the prince of demons." Others, trying to put him to the test, sought a sign from heaven from him. He knew what they were thinking. "Every kingdom," he said, "that is divided against itself is devastated; and every house that is divided against itself falls; so if Satan is divided against himself how will... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 11:20

But if I with the, finger of God ,.... The power of God, referring to Exodus 8:19 and so the Cabalistic Jews F18 R. Mosch in Sepher Hashem, apud Cabal. Denudata. T. I. par. l. p. 146. explain it, "the finger is one of the five in the hand, and is that finger which works by the power of Elohim;' it is the same with the Spirit of God; See Gill on Matthew 12:28 which is often called the hand of the Lord, Ezekiel 1:3 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 11:14-26

Christ and his adversaries. Observe— I. THE CONTRAST . "He was casting out a devil, and it was dumb." This was his work. As the Redeemer, he was ever intent on setting the human nature free from its manifold evil by acting on the hidden cause of the evil. It is to be noted that the dumbness is traced to a demon—to the possession of the inner nature by a spirit whose fettering of the man was evidenced in the fettering of the organ of speech. "To cure sorrow by curing sin" is the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 11:14-36

The bitter attack of the Pharisees. Their accusation of the Lord that he was in league with the evil one. His reply. The grave and terrible charge which was formally made by persons evidently of rank and position sent down from the capital to watch, and if possible to entrap, the hated Galilaean Teacher, was a charge no doubt brought against the Lord on more than one occasion. Of this we have clear evidence in the Gospel narratives. Puzzled and dismayed by the marvellous acts of power... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 11:14-36

Inspirations. Our Lord had just held out the possibility of Divine inspirations for prayerful disciples, and the evangelist next takes up and contrasts diabolical inspirations with this. Unless we notice the artistic treatment by the accomplished author of the Third Gospel, we shall miss much of his meaning. The circumstance which led to the question of infernal inspiration was the healing of a man who was possessed by a dumb devil. Here was a case, then, where a demon, entering into and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 11:20

But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Here Jesus points to a fact well known and thoroughly established. There was no question here; the most obstinate cases of possession had yielded to that "finger" be spoke of here; the fiercest of the, alas! (then) great company of the insane, at the bidding of that quiet, humble Rabbi, for ever shook off the spirit of madness, in whatever form of terrible possession it had been dwelling in his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 11:20

Christianity the benignant power. Lasting power shows solid worth. The corrupt empire falls; the false system is exploded; the demoralizing custom is discarded. That which, under all changes, shows itself strong and enduring, is proved to be sound and good. But add the element of benignity. Jesus Christ adduces his beneficent power in the expulsion of evil spirits from the bodies of men as a convincing evidence of the Divine presence; that being done, "no doubt the kingdom of God is... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 11:14-23

See this passage explained in the notes at Matthew 12:22-30. read more

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