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1 Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. 1 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.
2 The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.
3 He said to the man with the crippled hand, "Stand here where we can see you." 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."
4 Then he spoke to the people: "What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?" No one said a word. 4 Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent.
5 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out - it was as good as new! 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
6 The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod's followers and ruin him. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
7 Jesus went off with his disciples to the sea to get away. But a huge crowd from Galilee trailed after them - 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed.
8 also from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, across the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon - swarms of people who had heard the reports and had come to see for themselves. 8 When they heard all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.
9 He told his disciples to get a boat ready so he wouldn't be trampled by the crowd. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.
10 He had healed many people, and now everyone who had something wrong was pushing and shoving to get near and touch him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
11 Evil spirits, when they recognized him, fell down and cried out, "You are the Son of God!" 11 Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."
12 But Jesus would have none of it. He shut them up, forbidding them to identify him in public. 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell who he was.
13 He climbed a mountain and invited those he wanted with him. They climbed together. 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.
14 He settled on twelve, and designated them apostles. The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out to proclaim the Word 14 He appointed twelve--designating them apostles--that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach
15 and give them authority to banish demons. 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.
16 These are the Twelve: Simon (Jesus later named him Peter, meaning "Rock"), 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);
17 James, son of Zebedee, John, brother of James (Jesus nicknamed the Zebedee brothers Boanerges, meaning "Sons of Thunder"), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder);
18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot
19 Judas Iscariot (who betrayed him). 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Jesus came home and, as usual, a crowd gathered - so many making demands on him that there wasn't even time to eat. 20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.
21 His friends heard what was going on and went to rescue him, by force if necessary. They suspected he was getting carried away with himself. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."
22 The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power. 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub ! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."
23 Jesus confronted their slander with a story: "Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan? 23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan?
24 A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting Satan, there soon wouldn't be any Satan left. 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.
27 Do you think it's possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man, and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out. 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.
28 "Listen to this carefully. I'm warning you. There's nothing done or said that can't be forgiven. 28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
29 But if you persist in your slanders against God's Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you're sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives." 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."
30 He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil. 30 He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit."
31 Just then his mother and brothers showed up. Standing outside, they relayed a message that they wanted a word with him. 31 Then Jesus' mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.
32 He was surrounded by the crowd when he was given the message, "Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside looking for you." 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you."
33 Jesus responded, "Who do you think are my mother and brothers?" 33 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked.
34 Looking around, taking in everyone seated around him, he said, "Right here, right in front of you - my mother and my brothers. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
35 Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys God's will is my brother and sister and mother." 35 Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."