Last updated 29th March 2012
1. And again He entered into the synagogue. And a man was there who had a shrivelled hand.
2. And they watched Him intently to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.
3. And He said to the man who had the shrivelled hand:
“Come into the middle”.
4. And He asked them:
“Is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath, to save life or to kill?”
They were silent.
5. And He looked around them all angrily, being saddened by the hardness of their hearts and He said to the man:
“Stretch out your hand.”
And he stretched it out and his hand was restored.
6. And the Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against Him about how they might destroy Him.
7. But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea, and a large crowd from Galilee followed Him, and from the villages of Judea
8. and from Jerusalem and from Idumea and opposite the Jordan and a large crowd from around Tyre and Sidon heard the things which He did and came to Him.
9. And He said to His disciples that a small boat should be prepared for Him because of the crowd, so that they would not overwhelm Him.
10. For He healed many, so that those who had various conditions pressed upon Him so that they might touch Him.
11. And whenever they saw Him, evil spirits fell before Him and cried out saying:
“You are the Son of God!”
12. And He greatly rebuked them that they should not make Him known openly.
13. And He went up into the mountain and He called to Him those whom He wished, and they came to Him.
14. And He appointed twelve whom He named apostles so that they might be with Him and so that He might send them out to preach
15. and to have power to cast out demons.
16. And He appointed the twelve, and to Simon He gave the name Peter, and
17. James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James He named “Boanerges”, that is: “Sons of Thunder”,
18. And He also appointed Andrew and Philip and Bartholomew and Matthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus and Simon the Canaanite
19. and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
20. And He came into the house. And the crowd came together again, so that they were not even able to eat bread.
21. And those around Him heard and went to take hold of Him. For they said:
“He is out of His mind.”
22. And the scribes from Jerusalem went down and said:
“He has Beelzebub” and “He casts out demons by the ruler of demons.”
23. And He called them to Himself and spoke to them in a parable:
“How can Satan cast out Satan?
24. And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25. And if a household is divided against itself, that household cannot stand.
26. And if Satan stands up and is divided against himself, he cannot stand but comes to an end.
27. But no-one can enter into the home of a strong man to steal his property unless he first binds up the strong man, and then he will plunder his home.
28. Truly I tell you that men will be forgiven of all sins and blasphemies which they utter.
29. However, whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, will not be forgiven forever, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”
30. Because they said:
“He has an evil spirit.”
31. And His mother and His brothers came and stood outside and sent someone to call Him.
32. And the crowd was seated around Him, and they said to Him:
“Look Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters are outside seeking You.”
33. And He spoke to them in reply:
“Who are My mother and My brothers?”
34. And He looked around at those who were sat around Him in a circle and He said:
“Look at My Mother and My brothers.
35. For whoever does the will of My Father, he is My brother and sister and mother.”