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Mark 3:20-35 (New International Version)

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Jesus and Beelzebub

3:23-27pp -- Mt 12:25-29; Lk 11:17-22

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered,1 so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.2 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."3 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem4 said, "He is possessed by Beelzebuba !5 By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."6 23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables:7 "How can Satan8 drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.9 28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."10 30 He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit."

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

3:31-35pp -- Mt 12:46-50; Lk 8:19-21

31 Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived.11 Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you." 33 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
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