Mark 3

1And again, he entered into the synagogue. And there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2And they observed him, to see if he would cure on the Sabbaths, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up in the middle.” 4And he said to them: “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbaths, or to do evil, to give health to a life, or to destroy?” But they remained silent. 5And looking around at them with anger, being very saddened over the blindness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Extend your hand.” And he extended it, and his hand was restored to him. 6Then the Pharisees, going out, immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him, as to how they might destroy him. 7But Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea. And a great crowd followed him from Galilee and Judea, 8and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea and across the Jordan. And those around Tyre and Sidon, upon hearing what he was doing, came to him in a great multitude. 9And he told his disciples that a small boat would be useful to him, because of the crowd, lest they press upon him. 10For he healed so many, that as many of them as had wounds would rush toward him in order to touch him. 11And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell prostrate before him. And they cried out, saying, 12“You are the Son of God.” And he strongly admonished them, lest they make him known. 13And ascending onto a mountain, he called to himself those whom he willed, and they came to him. 14And he acted so that the twelve would be with him, and so that he might send them out to preach. 15And he gave them authority to cure infirmities, and to cast out demons: 16and he imposed on Simon the name Peter; 17and also he imposed on James of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, the name ‘Boanerges,’ that is, ‘Sons of Thunder;’ 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 19and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. 20And they went to a house, and the crowd gathered together again, so much so that they were not even able to eat bread. 21And when his own had heard of it, they went out to take hold of him. For they said: “Because he has gone mad.” 22And the scribes who had descended from Jerusalem said, “Because he has Beelzebub, and because by the prince of demons does he cast out demons.” 23And having called them together, he spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24For if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house is not able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself, he would be divided, and he would not be able to stand; instead he reaches the end. 27No one is able to plunder the goods of a strong man, having entered into the house, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he shall plunder his house. 28Amen I say to you, that all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and the blasphemies by which they will have blasphemed. 29But he who will have blasphemed against the Holy Spirit shall not have forgiveness in eternity; instead he shall be guilty of an eternal offense.” 30For they said: “He has an unclean spirit.” 31And his mother and brothers arrived. And standing outside, they sent to him, calling him. 32And the crowd was sitting around him. And they said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33And responding to them, he said, “Who is my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking around at those who were sitting all around him, he said: “Behold, my mother and my brothers. 35For whoever has done the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister and mother.”
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