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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 10 - Verse 24

Verses 24,25. The disciple is not above his Master, etc. That is, you must expect the same treatment which I have received. They have called me, your Master and Teacher, Beelzebub, the prince of the devils, Mt 12:24; Lu 11:15; Joh 8:48) and you must expect that they will call all of the family by the same name. Beelzebub, or Beelzebul, was a god of the Eckronites. See 2 Ki 1:2. The word literally means the god of flies, so called because this idol was supposed to protect them from the numerous swarms of flies with which that country is supposed to have abounded. The word also signified, among the Jews, the god of filth, and was esteemed as the most low and offensive of all the idol gods. Hence the name was given to the leader, or prince, of all the devils, Lu 11:15; Mr 3:22. By giving the name to Christ, they poured upon him the greatest possible abuse and contempt.

{p} "The disciple is not" Lu 6:40; Joh 13:16; 15:20

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