Mark 3:7-35

7 And Jesus, accompanied by his disciples, returned to the lakeshore, and a great crowd from Galilee and Judaea, from Jordan and beyond the Jordan and from the area around Tyre and Sidon, a great crowd, when they heard all that he was doing, came to him.1 9 And he told his disciples to keep a boat close by him so he could avoid the pressure of the crowd. 10 For he had healed quite a few, and so they would fall down before him to touch him. 11 And when the impure spirits recognized him, they would attack him and cry out, "You are God's son!" 12 And he would warn them sternly not to reveal his identity.

13 And he went up on the mountain2 and summoned the ones whom he wanted and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve to be with him and to be sent out to preach 15 and to be authorized to exorcise demons.3 16 And to Simon he gave the added name, "Peter." And James and John, Zebedee's sons, he called "Boanerges," meaning "Thunder-boys," 18 and Andrew and Philip and and Bartholomew and Matthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus and Simon of Cana 19 and Judas Iscariot, the one who even turned him over to the authorities.4

20 5 Then he went home,6 and a crowd flocked to him yet again, such a crowd that they couldn't even have a meal.7 21 And when they had heard,8 his family came to fetch him, inasmuch as they claimed that he was out of his mind.9

22 And the scribes who had come from Jerusalem10 were claiming that Jesus was controlled by Beelzebul and that he was exorcising demons by authority of the prince of demons.11 23 So he called them before him and spoke to them in riddling imagery:12 "How can Satan exorcise Satan? 24 No kingdom that splits into factions can stay in power.13 25 Nor can a household that splits into hostile groups remain stable.14 26 And if Satan has taken up arms against himself and split into factions, he cannot stay in power but is doomed. 27 The truth is that nobody can break into a strong man's house and seize his property without first having constrained the strong man-only so will he plunder his household.15 28 I'm telling you the truth, humanity may be forgiven every sin and every blasphemous utterance-but if anyone speaks blasphemy against the Holy spirit, he never gains forgiveness; no, he's liable for a sin that lasts forever."16 30 He said these things because they were claiming that he was possessed by an impure spirit.

31 And his mother and brothers arrived stood outside and sent for him as they called out. 32 And there was a crowd sitting around him, telling him "Look, your mother and brothers are outside looking for you. 33 Then he replied, "Who is my mother and who are my brothers?" 34 And he looked all around him at them and then said, "Right here are my mother and brothers! Anyone who does God's will is my brother, my sister, and my mother."17

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