1 Then He went into a synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 And they kept closely watching Him, to see whether He would cure him on the Sabbath, to get a charge to bring against Him. 3 But He said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up in the crowd." 4 Then He asked them, "Is it right to do people good on the Sabbath, or to do them evil, to save life or to take it?" But they had nothing to say. 5 So Jesus looked around at them in anger, because He was pained over their stubbornness of mind, and said to the man, "Hold out your hand." And he held it out, and his hand was cured. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and held a consultation with the Herodians against Him, to put Him to death.
7 So Jesus retired with His disciples to the sea, and a vast throng of people followed Him from Galilee, and from Judea, 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from the other side of the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon -- yes, a vast throng of people, as they kept hearing of the great things that He was doing, came to Him. 9 So He told His disciples to keep a little boat ready for Him all the time, to prevent the crowds from crushing Him. 10 For He cured so many people that all who had ailments kept crowding up against Him to touch Him. 11 And whenever the foul spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and screamed, "You are the Son of God." 12 But He charged them time after time not to tell who He was.
13 Then He went up on the hillside and summoned to Him those whom He wanted, and they went to Him. 14 And He appointed the Twelve, to whom He gave the title, apostles, to be with Him, to send them forth to preach, 15 and to have the right to drive out the demons.
16 The Twelve whom He appointed were: Peter, the name which He gave to Simon, 17 James the son of Zebedee, and John, James's brother (He named them Boanerges, which means 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 crowds gathered so that it was not possible for them even to take their meals. 21 His kinsmen heard of it and came over to get hold of Him, for they kept saying, "He has gone crazy."
22 And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem kept saying, "He is under the spell of Beelzebub and by the help of the prince of the demons He drives out the demons."
23 So He called them to Him, and continued speaking to them in short stories, as follows: "How can Satan drive out Satan? 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 made an insurrection against himself and become disunited, he cannot last but is surely coming to an end.
27 But no one can get into a giant's house and carry off his goods, unless he first binds the giant; after that he can make a clean sweep of his house. 28 I solemnly say to you, men will be forgiven for all their sins and all the abusive things they say. 29 But whoever speaks abusively against the Holy Spirit can never get forgiveness, but is guilty of a sin that has no end." 30 He said so, because they kept saying, "He is under the spell of a foul spirit."
31 Then His mother and His brothers came. They were standing outside and sent word to call Him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around Him when they told Him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you."