1Jesus3:1–6 Mt 12:9–14; Lk 6:6–11 entered the synagogue3:1 Mk 1:21,39; Jms 2:2 again, and a man was there who had a shriveled3:1 Mk 4:6; 5:29; 9:18; 11:20–21 hand.
2In order to accuse3:2 Rv 12:10 him, they were watching him closely3:2 Lk 6:7; 14:1; 20:20 to see whether he would heal3:2 Ac 8:7 him on the Sabbath.3:2 Mk 2:23; Lk 13:10; 14:3
3He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.”
4Then he said to them, “Is it lawful3:4 Jn 18:31 to do good3:4 Ps 34:14; Lk 18:18 on the Sabbath or to do evil,3:4 Ps 34:12–16; 1Pt 3:17 to save life3:4 Php 2:12; Jms 5:20 or to kill?” 3:4 Lk 20:15 But they were silent.3:4 Lk 1:20; 19:40
5After looking around at them with anger,3:5 Jms 1:19 he was grieved at the hardness3:5 Ex 7:13; Rm 11:25 of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.3:5 Mk 8:25
6Immediately the Pharisees3:6 Mk 7:3 went out and started plotting3:6 Mt 12:14; Mk 15:1 with the Herodians3:6 Mt 22:16; Mk 12:13 against him, how they might kill3:6 Mk 11:18; Jn 5:18; 6:27 him.
Ministering to the Multitude
7Jesus3:7–12 Mt 4:24–25; 12:15–16; Lk 6:17–19 departed with his disciples to the sea, and a large crowd followed from Galilee,3:7 Mt 17:22 and a large crowd followed from Judea,3:7 Lk 1:5
8Jerusalem,3:8 Mt 23:37 Idumea, beyond the Jordan,3:8 Lk 3:3 and around Tyre3:8 Ac 21:7 and Sidon.3:8 Gn 49:13 The large crowd came to him because they heard about everything he was doing.
9Then he told his disciples to have a small boat3:9 Jn 21:8 ready for him, so that the crowd wouldn’t crush him.
10Since he had healed3:10 Ac 8:7 many, all who had diseases were pressing toward him to touch3:10 Jn 20:17 him.
11Whenever the unclean3:11 2Co 6:17 spirits3:11 Lk 11:24 saw him, they fell down3:11 Lk 8:47 before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” 3:11 Lk 4:34,41
12And he would strongly warn3:12 2Tm 4:2 them not to make him known.3:12 Mk 1:34
The Twelve Apostles
13Jesus3:13–19 Mt 10:2–4; Lk 6:12–16 went up the mountain3:13 Mt 4:8 and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him.
14He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles,3:14 Other mss omit he also named them apostles3:14 Ac 1:2; Jd 17 to be with him, to send them out to preach,3:14 Mk 1:4
15and to have authority to3:15 Other mss add heal diseases, and to drive out demons.
16He appointed the Twelve:3:16 Other mss omit He appointed the Twelve3:16 Mk 11:11; Jn 1:35–51 To Simon,3:16 Mt 16:17 he gave the name Peter;3:16 Ac 10:32
17and to James3:17 Ac 12:2 the son of Zebedee,3:17 Jn 21:2 and to his brother John,3:17 Jn 21:7 he gave the name “Boanerges” (that is, “Sons of Thunder”3:17 Rv 6:1);
18Andrew;3:18 Jn 6:8 Philip3:18 Jn 1:43–48; 6:5,7; 12:21–22; 14:8–9 and Bartholomew; Matthew3:18 Ac 1:13 and Thomas;3:18 Jn 11:16; 14:5; 20:24,26–28; 21:2 James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot,
19and Judas Iscariot,3:19 Mk 14:10,43; Ac 1:16,25 who also betrayed him.
A House Divided
20Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat.3:20 Or eat a meal; lit eat bread
21When his family3:21 Jn 7:3 heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.”3:21 Lk 2:48; Jn 2:3–4; 7:3–5
22The scribes3:22 Mt 2:4 who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,”3:22 Mt 10:25; 12:24,27; Lk 11:15–19 and, “He drives out3:22 3Jn 10 demons3:22 Rv 9:20; 18:2 by the ruler3:22 Lk 12:58 of the demons.”3:22 Mt 9:34; 12:24; Lk 11:15
23So he summoned3:23 Lk 18:16 them and spoke to them in parables:3:23 Mk 12:1 “How can Satan3:23 Mk 1:13; 4:15; 8:33 drive out Satan?3:23–27 Mt 12:25–29; Lk 11:17–22
24If a kingdom3:24 Lk 4:5 is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished.
27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his possessions unless he first ties up3:27 Mk 15:1 the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
28 “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for all sins and whatever blasphemies 3:28–30 Mt 12:31–32; Lk 12:10 they utter.
29But whoever blasphemes3:29 Ac 7:51 against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness,3:29 Heb 6:4–6; 10:26–29; 1Jn 5:16 but is guilty3:29 Mk 14:64 of an eternal sin”3:29 Other mss read is subject to eternal judgment3:29 1Jn 5:16 — 
30because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”3:30 Lk 11:24
True Relationships
31His3:31–35 Mt 12:46–50; Lk 8:19–21 mother3:31 Mt 1:16 and his brothers3:31 Jn 2:12 came, and standing outside, they sent word to him and called him.
32A crowd was sitting around him and told him, “Look, your mother, your brothers,3:32 Mk 6:3 and your sisters3:32 Other mss omit and your sisters are outside asking for you.”
33He replied to them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
34Looking at those sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!3:34 Ac 9:30
35Whoever does the will of God3:35 Rm 8:27; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17 is my brother and sister and mother.”