A Man with a Withered Hand
1 # For ver. 1-6, see Matt. 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11 Again #ch. 1:29he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2And #Luke 14:1; 20:20; [Luke 11:54; John 8:6]they watched Jesus,#3:2 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, #[Luke 14:3]“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 #ver. 34; ch. 5:32; 10:23; [ch. 10:21] looked around at them with anger, grieved at #ch. 6:52; Rom. 11:25; Eph. 4:18 their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” #[1 Kgs. 13:4]He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6#See Matt. 12:14 The Pharisees went out and immediately #See Matt. 12:14 held counsel with #ch. 12:13; Matt. 22:16; [ch. 8:15]the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
A Great Crowd Follows Jesus
Matt. 12:15 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and #Matt. 4:25; Luke 6:17a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8and Jerusalem and #Isa. 34:5; Ezek. 35:15 Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around #See Matt. 11:21Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9And he told his disciples to #ch. 6:32, 45 (Gk.); 8:10 (Gk.) have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they #ch. 5:24, 31crush him, 10for #See Matt. 4:23 he had healed many, so that all who had #ch. 5:29, 34 diseases pressed around him #ch. 6:56; Matt. 9:20, 21; 14:36; Luke 6:19to touch him. 11#ch. 1:26, 34; Luke 4:41 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they #Luke 8:28 fell down before him and cried out, “You are #See Matt. 14:33the Son of God.” 12And #See Matt. 12:16he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
The Twelve Apostles
Matt. 10:1; Luke 6:12, 13; [ch. 6:7-13; Luke 9:1, 2] And he went up on the mountain and called to him those #John 13:18; 15:16, 19whom he desired, and they came to him. 14#[See ver. 13 above]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#[See ver. 13 above]and have authority to cast out demons. 16He appointed the twelve: #For ver. 16-19, see Matt. 10:2-4; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13 Simon (to whom #Matt. 16:18; John 1:42he gave the name Peter); 17#Matt. 4:21James 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 #Matt. 9:9Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,#3:18 Greek kananaios, meaning zealot 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20Then he went #ch. 7:17; 9:28 home, and the crowd gathered again, #ch. 6:31so that they could not even eat. 21#[John 7:5] And when #[ver. 31] his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He #2 Cor. 5:13; [John 10:20; Acts 26:24]is out of his mind.”
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
22And #ch. 7:1; Matt. 15:1 the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, #Matt. 9:34; 12:24; Luke 11:15; [Matt. 10:25]; See John 7:20“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23#For ver. 23-27, see Matt. 12:25-29; Luke 11:17-22And 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 #Isa. 49:24 no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. #[Isa. 53:12]Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 # For ver. 28-30, see Matt. 12:31, 32; [Luke 12:10; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26; 1 John 5:16] “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever #[Acts 7:51; Heb. 10:29]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 # For ver. 31-35, see Matt. 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21 And his mother and his #ch. 6:3; Matt. 13:55; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:5; Gal. 1:19brothers 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#3:32 Other manuscripts add and your sisters are outside, seeking you.” 33And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And #ver. 5looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35#[John 15:14; Heb. 2:11] For whoever #Matt. 7:21; [Luke 11:28]does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”