Mark 3

A Man with a Withered Hand

1 And a He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they b watched Him closely, whether He would c heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might 1 accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, 2 "Step forward." 4 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the d hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored 3 as whole as the other. 6 e Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with f the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

A Great Crowd Follows Jesus

7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, g and from Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how h many things He was doing, came to Him. 9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. 10 For He healed i many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to j touch Him. 11 k And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, l "You are the Son of God." 12 But m He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

The Twelve Apostles

13 n And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, 4 that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have 5 power 6 to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: 16 7 Simon, o to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder"; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

20 Then the multitude came together again, p so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His q own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, r for they said, "He is out of His mind."

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, s "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the t ruler of the demons He casts out demons." 23 u So He called them to Himself 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 cannot stand. 26 "And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 v "No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

28 w "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 "but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" - 30 because they x said, "He has an unclean spirit."

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

31 y Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers 8 are outside seeking You." 33 But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 "For whoever does the z will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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