Healing a Withered Hand
1Then Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they could accuse him. 3So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 4Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 5After looking around at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6So the Pharisees went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, as to how they could assassinate him.
Crowds by the Sea
7Then Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. And from Judea, 8Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, and around Tyre and Sidon a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 9Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd would not press toward him. 10For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 11And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
Appointing the Twelve Apostles
13Now Jesus went up the mountain and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 14He appointed twelve (whom he named apostles), so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 15and to have authority to cast out demons. 16He appointed twelve: To Simon he gave the name Peter; 17to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 18and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Jesus and Beelzebul
20Now Jesus went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 21When his family heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22The experts in the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “By the ruler of demons he casts out demons.” 23So he called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 27But no one is able to enter a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 28I tell you the truth, people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 30(because they said, “He has an unclean spirit”).
Jesus’ True Family
31Then Jesus’ mother and his brothers came. Standing outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 32A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.” 33He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”