Marcos 3

1 HE went another time into the synagogue and there was present a man with a withered hand.

2 They watched him to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might have something to say against him.

3 He said to the man with the withered hand, "Stand up in the center."

4 Then he said to them, "Is it allowable to do good on the Sabbath or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?" But they kept silent.

5 He looked round on them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched the hand out and it was completely restored.

6 The Pharisees went out immediately and joined with the Herodians in a plot to put him out of the way.

7 Then Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake and a great number from Galilee followed him. Also from Judaea

8 and from Jerusalem and from Idumaea and from beyond the Jordan and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon, a great number, hearing of all that he was doing, came to him.

9 Jesus spoke to his disciples to have a little boat ready for his use on account of the throng, to prevent them from pressing upon him.

10 For he healed many, so that all that had diseases crowded around him to touch him.

11 The impure spirits, also, when they saw him, fell down before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God."

12 But he ordered them repeatedly and sternly not to make him known.

13 Jesus went up on the mountain and invited whom he chose, and they came to him.

14 He appointed twelve who should be with him and whom he could send out to preach

15 and to have authority to cast out demons.

16 He appointed these twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter ,

17 James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder,

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

19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Jesus came into a house

20 and the crowd gathered again so that they were not able even to eat bread.

21 When his family heard of it, they went out to take him by force, for they said, "He is out of his mind."

22 The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, "He has Beelzebul in him, and by the Chief of the demons he casts out demons."

23 Jesus called them to him and said to them in figures: "How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house divides against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

26 So if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

27 No one can enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods unless he first binds the strong man, and then he can plunder his house.

28 Truly I tell you all sins will be forgiven to the sons of men and all their profane words, whatever they may say,

29 but whoever speaks profane words against the Holy Spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is guilty of an eternal sin."

30 This he said because they said, "He has an impure spirit."

31 Then came his mother and his brothers, and standing outside sent and called him out.

32 A crowd was sitting around him when some one said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside and want you."

33 But he answered, "Who is my mother and who are my brothers?"

34 Looking round at those sitting in the circle about him he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.

35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."