Marcos 3

1 Jesus went into the synagogue again, and a man with a paralyzed hand was there.

2 The people watched Jesus closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, intending to accuse him of doing something wrong.

3 He said to the man with the paralyzed hand,“Come forward.”

4 Then he asked them,“Is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill it?” But they were silent.

5 Jesus looked around at them with anger, for he was deeply hurt because of their hardness of heart. Then he said to the man,“Hold out your hand.” The man held it out, and his hand was restored to health.

6 Immediately the Pharisees, along with the Herodians, went out and began to plot against him to kill him.

7 So Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea. A large crowd from Galilee, Judea,

8 Jerusalem, Idumea, from across the Jordan, and from the region around Tyre and Sidon followed him. They came to him because they kept hearing about everything he was doing.

9 Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him so that the crowd wouldn't crush him.

10 For he had healed so many people that all who had diseases kept crowding up against him in order to touch him.

11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and scream, “You are the Son of God!”

12 But he sternly ordered them again and again not to tell people who he was.

13 Then Jesus went up on a hillside and called to him those whom he wanted and they came to him.

14 He appointed twelve whom he called apostles to accompany him, to be sent out to preach,

15 and to have the authority to drive out demons.

16 He appointed these twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);

17 James, the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);

18 Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus; Simon the Cananaean;

19 and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed him.

20 Then he went home. The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples couldn't even eat.

21 When his family heard about it, they went to restrain him. For they kept saying, “He's out of his mind!”

22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem kept repeating, “He has Beelzebul,” and “He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.”

23 So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables.“How can Satan drive out Satan?

24 Ifa kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a household is divided against itself, that household will not stand.

26 So if Satan rebels against himself and is divided, he cannot stand. Indeed, his end has come.

27 No one can go into a strong man's house and carry off his possessions without first tying up the strong man. Then he can ransack his house.

28 TrulyI tell you, people will be forgiven their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter.

29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of eternal sin.”

30 For they had been saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

31 Then his mother and his brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent word to him and called for him.

32 A crowd was sitting around him. They said to him, “Look! Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

33 He answered them,“Who are my mother and my brothers?”

34 Then looking at the people sitting around him, he said,“Here are my mother and my brothers!

35 For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”