1 He went again to a synagogue, and there was a man there with one hand withered. 2 And they were watching him closely, to see whether he would cure him on the Sabbath, in order to get a charge to bring against him. 3 He said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and come forward." 4 And he said to them, "Is it allowable to do people good on the Sabbath, or to do them harm? To save life or kill?" But they made no answer. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, hurt by their obstinacy, and he said to the man, "Hold out your hand!" And he held it out, and his hand was cured. 6 Then the Pharisees left the synagogue and immediately consulted with the Herodians about Jesus, with a view to putting him to death.
7 So Jesus retired with his disciples to the seashore, and a great many people from Galilee followed him, and from Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from the other side of the Jordan and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon a great many who had heard of the things he was doing came to him. 9 He told his disciples to have a boat always ready for his use, to prevent his being crushed by the crowd. 10 For he cured so many people that all who had any ailments pressed up to him to touch him. 11 And whenever the foul spirits saw him, they fell down before him and screamed out, "You are the Son of God!" 12 And he warned them repeatedly not to tell who he was.
13 And he went up the hillside and summoned to him those whom he wanted, and they went to him. 14 He appointed twelve of them, whom he called apostles, to be with him and to be sent out to preach, 15 with power to drive out the demons. These were the twelve he appointed:
16 Peter, which was the name he gave to Simon, 17 James the son of Zebedee, and John, James's brother (he named them Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home.
20 And again the crowd gathered in such numbers that there was no chance for them even to have their meals. 21 His relatives heard of it and came over to stop him, for they said that he was out of his mind.
22 And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said that he was possessed by Beelzebub and drove out demons by the help of the prince of demons.
23 So he called them to him and spoke to them in figures, saying, "How can Satan drive Satan out? 24 If a kingdom is disunited, that kingdom cannot last. 25 And if a household is disunited, that household cannot last. 26 And if Satan has rebelled against himself and become disunited, he cannot last but is coming to his end.
27 But no one can go into a strong man's house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man; after that he can plunder his house. 28 I tell you, men will be forgiven for everything, for all their sins and all the abusive things they say. 29 But whoever reviles the holy Spirit can never be forgiven, but is guilty of an unending sin." 30 This was because they said, "He is possessed by a foul spirit."
31 And his mother and his brothers came. And they stood outside the house and sent word in to him to come outside to them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around him when they told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you."