Mark 3

A Man with a Withered Hand

1 a  Again b  he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2And c  they watched Jesus
Greek him
to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
3And he said to the man with the withered hand, Come here.” 4And he said to them, e  “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5And he f  looked around at them with anger, grieved at g  their hardness of heart, and said to the man, Stretch out your hand.” h  He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 i  The Pharisees went out and immediately j  held counsel with k  the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

A Great Crowd Follows Jesus

7 l  Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and m  a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8and Jerusalem and n  Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around o  Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9And he told his disciples to p  have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they q  crush him, 10for r  he had healed many, so that all who had s  diseases pressed around him t  to touch him. 11 u  And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they v  fell down before him and cried out, “You are w  the Son of God.” 12And x  he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

The Twelve Apostles

13 y  And he went up on the mountain and called to him those z  whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 aa  And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 ab  and have authority to cast out demons. 16He appointed the twelve: ac  Simon (to whom ad  he gave the name Peter); 17 ae  James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and af  Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot
Greek kananaios, meaning zealot
19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

20Then he went ah  home, and the crowd gathered again ai  so that they could not even eat. 21 aj  And when ak  his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He al  is out of his mind.”

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22And am  the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying an  “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 ao  And he called them to him and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27But ap  no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. aq  Then indeed he may plunder his house.

28 ar  Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever as  blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin 30for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

31 at  And his mother and his au  brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers
Other early manuscripts add and your sisters
are outside, seeking you.”
33And he answered them, Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And aw  looking about at those who sat around him, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 ax  For whoever ay  does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

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