Healing a Withered Hand
3:1 Then1 Jesus2 entered the synagogue3 again, and a man was there who had a withered4 hand. 3:2 They watched5 Jesus6 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath,7 so that they could accuse him. 3:3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.”8 3:4 Then9 he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 3:5 After looking around10 at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts,11 he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.12 3:6 So13 the Pharisees14 went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians,15 as to how they could assassinate16 him.
Crowds by the Sea
3:7 Then17 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him.18 And from Judea, 3:8 Jerusalem,19 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River,20 and around Tyre21 and Sidon22 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 3:9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd23 would not press toward him. 3:10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 3:11 And whenever the unclean spirits24 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 3:12 But25 he sternly ordered them not to make him known.26
Appointing the Twelve Apostles
3:13 Now27 Jesus went up the mountain28 and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 3:14 He29 appointed twelve (whom he named apostles30),31 so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 3:15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 3:16 He appointed twelve:32 To Simon33 he gave the name Peter; 3:17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee,34 he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 3:18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,35 Matthew, Thomas,36 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,37 Simon the Zealot,38 3:19 and Judas Iscariot,39 who betrayed him.40
Jesus and Beelzebul
3:20 Now41 Jesus42 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 3:21 When his family43 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 3:22 The experts in the law44 who came down from Jerusalem45 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,”46 and, “By the ruler47 of demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 So48 he called them and spoke to them in parables:49 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If50 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 3:27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s51 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house.52 3:28 I tell you the truth,53 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter.54 3:29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin”55 3:30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit”56).
Jesus’ True Family
3:31 Then57 Jesus’58 mother and his brothers59 came. Standing60 outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers61 are outside looking for you.” 3:33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”62 3:34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here63 are my mother and my brothers! 3:35 For whoever does the will of God is64 my brother and sister and mother.”