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Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:1 - Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:2 - Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:3 - Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:4 - Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:5 - He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored!

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:6 - At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:7 - Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea,

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:8 - Jerusalem, Idumea, from east of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of people came to see him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:9 - Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:10 - He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:11 - And whenever those possessed by evil[fn] spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:12 - But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who he was.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:13 - Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:14 - Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles.[fn] They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach,

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:15 - giving them authority to cast out demons.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:16 - These are the twelve he chose: Simon (whom he named Peter),

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:17 - James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”[fn]),

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:18 - Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot[fn]),

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:19 - Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:20 - One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:21 - When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:22 - But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan,[fn] the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:23 - Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:24 - “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:25 - Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:26 - And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:27 - Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:28 - “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:29 - but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:30 - He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:31 - Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:32 - There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers[fn] are outside asking for you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:33 - Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:34 - Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 3:35 - Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
NLT Footnotes
Greek unclean; also in 3:30.
Some manuscripts do not include and called them his apostles.
Greek whom he named Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder.
Greek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.
Greek Beelzeboul; other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub.
Some manuscripts add and sisters.

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