1And he went into the synagogue again and a man was there with a shriveled hand.
2And they were watching him closely—if he would heal him on the Sabbath—so that they could accuse him.
3And he said to the man who had the shriveled hand, “Get up in the midst of the people.”
4And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5And looking around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
6And the Pharisees went out and immediately began plotting with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
7And Jesus withdrew to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. And people from Judea,
8and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and around Tyre and Sidon, came to him when they heard about everything he was doing.
9And he told his disciples to prepare a small boat for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him;
10for he had healed many people, with the result that all those who had afflictions were pressing toward him in order to touch him.
11And when the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”
12And he sternly warned them not to make him known.
13And he went up on the mountain and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they came to him.
14And he appointed twelve, whom he named apostles so that they would be with him and so that he could send them out to preach
15and to have authority to cast out demons.
16And he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter),
17and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder”),
18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
19and Judas Iscariot (who also betrayed him).
And he came home,
20and the crowd came together again, to such an extent that they were not even able to eat bread.
21And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
22And the experts in the law who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.”
23And he called them over to himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How is the Adversarya able to cast out the Adversary?
24And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand.
25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
26And if the Adversary has risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand, but his end has come.
27But no one is able to enter into the house of the strong man and plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man, and then he can plunder his house.
28“Truly I say to you, people will be forgiven all their sins, and whatever defaming words they speak,
29but whoever defames the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an everlasting sin”—
30because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
31And his mother and his brothers arrived and, standing outside, they sent word to him, calling for him.
32And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Look! Your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.”
33And answering them, he said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
34And looking around at those who were sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers!
35For whoever does the will of God, that person is my brother, and sister, and mother.”