The response of Jesus (Mk 3:23-3:23)

“Jesus called the Scribes

To him.

He spoke

To them

In parables.

‘How can Satan

Cast out Satan?’”


καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτοὺς ἐν παραβολαῖς ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς Πῶς δύναται Σατανᾶς Σατανᾶν ἐκβάλλειν;


There are similar statements to this in Matthew, chapter 12:26, and Luke, chapter 11:18-19.  Mark said that Jesus responded to the Scribes by calling them to himself (καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτοὺς).  He would speak to them in parables (ἐν παραβολαῖς ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς).  He asked how was Satan able to cast out Satan (Πῶς δύναται Σατανᾶς Σατανᾶν ἐκβάλλειν)?  Notice that the term used for the devil is now Satan, not Beelzebul.  Satan was the more familiar Hebrew term that considered the devil as a fallen angel.