Bible: Mark 3

Healing a Withered Hand

3:1 Then 1  Jesus 2  entered the synagogue 3  again, and a man was there who had a withered 4  hand. 3:2 They watched 5  Jesus 6  closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 7  so that they could accuse him. 3:3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 8  3:4 Then 9  he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 3:5 After looking around 10  at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, 11  he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 12  3:6 So 13  the Pharisees 14  went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, 15  as to how they could assassinate 16  him.

Crowds by the Sea

3:7 Then 17  Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 18  And from Judea, 3:8 Jerusalem, 19  Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 20  and around Tyre 21  and Sidon 22  a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 3:9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 23  would not press toward him. 3:10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 3:11 And whenever the unclean spirits 24  saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 3:12 But 25  he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 26 

Appointing the Twelve Apostles

3:13 Now 27  Jesus went up the mountain 28  and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 3:14 He 29  appointed twelve (whom he named apostles 30 ), 31  so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 3:15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 3:16 He appointed twelve: 32  To Simon 33  he gave the name Peter; 3:17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, 34  he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder); 3:18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, 35  Matthew, Thomas, 36  James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 37  Simon the Zealot, 38  3:19 and Judas Iscariot, 39  who betrayed him. 40 

Jesus and Beelzebul

3:20 Now 41  Jesus 42  went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 3:21 When his family 43  heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 3:22 The experts in the law 44  who came down from Jerusalem 45  said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 46  and, “By the ruler 47  of demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 So 48  he called them and spoke to them in parables: 49  “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If 50  a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 3:27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 51  house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 52  3:28 I tell you the truth, 53  people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 54  3:29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin 55  3:30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit 56 ).

Jesus’ True Family

3:31 Then 57  Jesus 58  mother and his brothers 59  came. Standing 60  outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers 61  are outside looking for you.” 3:33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers? 62  3:34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here 63  are my mother and my brothers! 3:35 For whoever does the will of God is 64  my brother and sister and mother.”

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