Mark 3

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1 And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.

2 And they watched· Him ·closely, whether He would cure him on the Sabbaths, that they might accuse Him.

3 And He says to the man who had the withered hand, Arise in the midst.

4 And He says to them, Is it permitted to do good on the Sabbaths or to do·​·evil? To save a soul or to kill? But they were silent.

5 And looking·​·around·​·at them with anger, being with sorrow at the hardness of their hearts, He says to the man, Stretch out thy hand. And he stretched it out; and his hand was restored, well like the other.

6 And the Pharisees came·​·forth straightway and took counsel with the Herodians against Him, so·​·that they might destroy Him.

7 And Jesus departed with His disciples to the sea; and a multitude of many from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea,

8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from across the Jordan; and those around Tyre and Sidon, a numerous multitude, having heard how many things He did, came to Him.

9 And He said to His disciples that a boat should wait·​·on Him on·​·account·​·of the crowd, lest they should throng Him;

10 for He had cured many, insomuch that they fell·​·upon Him to touch Him, as many as had scourges.

11 And the unclean spirits, when they beheld Him, fell·​·before Him, and cried out, saying, Thou art the Son of God!

12 And He rebuked them much that· they should ·not make Him manifest.

13 And He goes·​·up into the mountain, and calls·​·to Himself* whom He willed, and they came·​·away to Him.

14 And He made* twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send· them ·out to preach,

15 and to have authority to cure diseases, and to cast·​·out demons.

16 And He put·​·on Simon the name Peter;

17 and James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, and He put·​·on them the names Boanerges, which is, the sons of thunder;

18 and Andrew; and Philip; and Bartholomew; and Matthew; and Thomas; and James the son of Alphaeus; and Thaddaeus; and Simon the Kananite*.

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

20 And a crowd comes together again, so that they could not even eat bread.

21 And when those with Him heard of it, they came·​·out to take·​·hold of Him, for they said, He is·​·stupefied.

22 And the scribes who came·​·down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub*; and, By the prince of the demons He casts out demons.

23 And calling them, He said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26 And if Satan stand·​·up against himself and be divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

27 No one having entered into the house of a strong one can plunder his vessels, unless he first bind the strong one, and then he will plunder his house.

28 Amen I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven* to the sons of men, and blasphemies, whatever they shall blaspheme,

29 but whoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit does not have forgiveness to eternity, but is subject to eternal judgment;

30 because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

31 Then came His brothers and mother and, standing outside, they sent to Him, calling Him.

32 And the crowd sat around Him; and they said to Him, Behold, Thy mother and Thy brothers outside seek Thee.

33 And He answered them saying, Who is My mother, or My brothers?

34 And looking all·​·around at those who sat around Him, He says, See, My mother and My brothers!

35 For whoever shall do the will of God, this is My brother, and My sister, and mother.

  
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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.