1He 2entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered.
3They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, 4so that they might accuse Him.
He said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and come forward !"
And He said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?" But they kept silent.
After 5looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the 6Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
7Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and 8a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from Judea,
and from Jerusalem, and from 9Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of 10Tyre and Sidon, a great number of people heard of all that He was doing and came to Him.
11And He told His disciples that a boat should stand ready for Him because of the crowd, so that they would not crowd Him;
for He had 12healed many, with the result that all those who had 13afflictions pressed around Him in order to 14touch Him.
Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, "You are 15the Son of God!"
And He 16earnestly warned them not to tell who He was.
And He went up on 17the mountain and 18summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.
And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,
and to have authority to cast out the demons.
And He appointed the twelve: 19Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter ),
and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, "Sons of Thunder ");
and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot;
and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.
And He came 20home, and the 21crowd gathered again, 22to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal.
When 23His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "24He has lost His senses."
The scribes who came down 25from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by 26Beelzebul," and "27He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
28And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in 29parables, "How can 30Satan cast out Satan?
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
"If 31Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!
"32But no one can enter the strong man's house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.
"33Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
but 34whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin "-
because they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."
35Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.
A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You."
Answering them, He said, "Who are My mother and My brothers?"
Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, "36Behold My mother and My brothers!
"For whoever 37does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."