1Jesus#Mt 12:9–14; Lk 6:6–11 entered the synagogue#Mk 1:21,39; Jms 2:2 again, and a man was there who had a shriveled#Mk 4:6; 5:29; 9:18; 11:20–21 hand. 2In order to accuse#Rv 12:10 him, they were watching him closely#Lk 6:7; 14:1; 20:20 to see whether he would heal#Ac 8:7 him on the Sabbath.#Mk 2:23; Lk 13:10; 14:3 3He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4Then he said to them, “Is it lawful#Jn 18:31 to do good#Ps 34:14; Lk 18:18 on the Sabbath or to do evil,#Ps 34:12–16; 1Pt 3:17 to save life#Php 2:12; Jms 5:20 or to kill?” #Lk 20:15 But they were silent.#Lk 1:20; 19:40 5After looking around at them with anger,#Jms 1:19 he was grieved at the hardness#Ex 7:13; Rm 11:25 of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.#Mk 8:25 6Immediately the Pharisees#Mk 7:3 went out and started plotting#Mt 12:14; Mk 15:1 with the Herodians#Mt 22:16; Mk 12:13 against him, how they might kill#Mk 11:18; Jn 5:18; 6:27 him.
Ministering to the Multitude
7Jesus#Mt 4:24–25; 12:15–16; Lk 6:17–19 departed with his disciples to the sea, and a large crowd followed from Galilee,#Mt 17:22 and a large crowd followed from Judea,#Lk 1:5 8Jerusalem,#Mt 23:37 Idumea, beyond the Jordan,#Lk 3:3 and around Tyre#Ac 21:7 and Sidon.#Gn 49:13 The large crowd came to him because they heard about everything he was doing. 9Then he told his disciples to have a small boat#Jn 21:8 ready for him, so that the crowd wouldn’t crush him. 10Since he had healed#Ac 8:7 many, all who had diseases were pressing toward him to touch#Jn 20:17 him. 11Whenever the unclean#2Co 6:17 spirits#Lk 11:24 saw him, they fell down#Lk 8:47 before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” #Lk 4:34,41 12And he would strongly warn#2Tm 4:2 them not to make him known.#Mk 1:34
The Twelve Apostles
13Jesus#Mt 10:2–4; Lk 6:12–16 went up the mountain#Mt 4:8 and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him. 14He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles,#3:14 Other mss omit he also named them apostles#Ac 1:2; Jd 17 to be with him, to send them out to preach,#Mk 1:4 15and to have authority to#3:15 Other mss add heal diseases, and to drive out demons. 16He appointed the Twelve:#3:16 Other mss omit He appointed the Twelve#Mk 11:11; Jn 1:35–51 To Simon,#Mt 16:17 he gave the name Peter;#Ac 10:32 17and to James#Ac 12:2 the son of Zebedee,#Jn 21:2 and to his brother John,#Jn 21:7 he gave the name “Boanerges” (that is, “Sons of Thunder”#Rv 6:1); 18Andrew;#Jn 6:8 Philip#Jn 1:43–48; 6:5,7; 12:21–22; 14:8–9 and Bartholomew; Matthew#Ac 1:13 and Thomas;#Jn 11:16; 14:5; 20:24,26–28; 21:2 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, 19and Judas Iscariot,#Mk 14:10,43; Ac 1:16,25 who also betrayed him.
A House Divided
20Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat.#3:20 Or eat a meal; lit eat bread 21When his family#Jn 7:3 heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.”#Lk 2:48; Jn 2:3–4; 7:3–5
22The scribes#Mt 2:4 who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,”#Mt 10:25; 12:24,27; Lk 11:15–19 and, “He drives out#3Jn 10 demons#Rv 9:20; 18:2 by the ruler#Lk 12:58 of the demons.”#Mt 9:34; 12:24; Lk 11:15
23So he summoned#Lk 18:16 them and spoke to them in parables:#Mk 12:1 “How can Satan#Mk 1:13; 4:15; 8:33 drive out Satan?#Mt 12:25–29; Lk 11:17–22 24If a kingdom#Lk 4:5 is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his possessions unless he first ties up#Mk 15:1 the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
28 “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for all sins and whatever blasphemies #
Mt 12:31–32; Lk 12:10 they utter. 29But whoever blasphemes#Ac 7:51 against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness,#Heb 6:4–6; 10:26–29; 1Jn 5:16 but is guilty#Mk 14:64 of an eternal sin”#3:29 Other mss read is subject to eternal judgment#1Jn 5:16 — 30because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”#Lk 11:24
31His#Mt 12:46–50; Lk 8:19–21 mother#Mt 1:16 and his brothers#Jn 2:12 came, and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him and told him, “Look, your mother, your brothers,#Mk 6:3 and your sisters#3:32 Other mss omit and your sisters are outside asking for you.”
33He replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34Looking at those sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!#Ac 9:30 35Whoever does the will of God#Rm 8:27; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17 is my brother and sister and mother.”