And He went up on 1the mountain and 2summoned those whom He Himselfwanted, and they came to Him.
And He appointedtwelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,
and to haveauthority to cast out the demons.
And He appointed the twelve: 3Simon (to whom He gave the namePeter ),
and aJames, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of bJames (to them He gave the nameBoanerges, whichmeans, "Sons of Thunder ");
and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and cJames the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the dZealot;
and JudasIscariot, whobetrayed Him.
And He camee4home, and the 5crowdgatheredagain, 6to such an extent that they could not eveneatfa meal.
When 7His own gpeople heard of this, they went out to takecustody of Him; for they were saying, "8He has lost His senses."
The scribes who camedown9from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by h10Beelzebul," and "11He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
2312And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in 13parables, "Howcan14Satancast out Satan?24"If a kingdom is dividedagainstitself, that kingdomcannotstand.25"If a house is dividedagainstitself, that house will not be able to stand.26"If15Satan has risen up againsthimself and is divided, he cannotstand, but ihe is finished!27"16But noonecanenter the strongman'shouse and plunder his propertyunless he firstbinds the strongman, and then he will plunder his house.28"17Truly I say to you, allsins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whateverblasphemies they utter;29but 18whoeverblasphemesagainst the HolySpiritneverhasforgiveness, but is guilty of an eternalsin "-
30because they were saying, "He has an uncleanspirit."
3119Then His mother and His brothersarrived, and standingoutside they sent word to Him and called Him.
A crowd was sittingaround Him, and they said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outsidelooking for You."
33Answering them, He said, "Who are My mother and My brothers?"34Lookingabout at those who were sittingaround Him, He said, "20Behold My mother and My brothers!35"For whoever21does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."