Mark 3:20-35

20 Then he went 1home, and the crowd gathered again, 2so that they could not even eat.
21 3And when 4his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He 5is out of his mind."

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22 And 6the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, 7"He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
23 8And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
27 But 9no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. 10Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 11"Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter,
29 but whoever 12blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"--
30 for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

31 13And his mother and his 14brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers[a] are outside, seeking you."
33 And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
34 And 15looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
35 16For whoever 17does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother."

Mark 3:20-35 In-Context

18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,
19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat.
21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind."
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter,
29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"--
30 for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you."
33 And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother."

Cross References 17

  • 1. Mark 7:17; Mark 9:28
  • 2. Mark 6:31
  • 3. [John 7:5]
  • 4. [ver. 31]
  • 5. 2 Corinthians 5:13; [John 10:20; Acts 26:24]
  • 6. Mark 7:1; Matthew 15:1
  • 7. Matthew 9:34; Matthew 12:24; Luke 11:15; [Matthew 10:25]; See John 7:20
  • 8. For ver. 23-27, see Matthew 12:25-29; Luke 11:17-22
  • 9. Isaiah 49:24
  • 10. [Isaiah 53:12]
  • 11. For ver. 28-30, see Matthew 12:31, 32; [Luke 12:10; Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26; 1 John 5:16]
  • 12. [Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29]
  • 13. For ver. 31-35, see Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21
  • 14. Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55; John 2:12; John 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5; Galatians 1:19
  • 15. ver. 5
  • 16. [John 15:14; Hebrews 2:11]
  • 17. Matthew 7:21; [Luke 11:28]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other early manuscripts add and your sisters
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