Christ appealing to reason healeth the withered hand on the sabbath day. The Pharisees conspire his death: he retireth to the sea side, and healeth many: he chooseth his twelve apostles: his friends look upon him as beside himself: he refuteth conclusively the blasphemous absurdity of the Pharisees in ascribing his casting out of devils to the power of Beelzebub. Those who do the will of God he regardeth as his nearest relations.
1 AND ahe entered again into bthe synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
2 cAnd they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, 1Stand forth.
4 And he saith unto them, dIs it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? eto save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with fanger, being grieved for the 2hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, gStretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
6 hAnd the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
7 But iJesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: jand a great multitude from kGalilee followed him, and from lJudaea,
8 And from Jerusalem, and from mIdumaea, nand from beyond Jordan; and they about oTyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.
9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him pbecause of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
10 For qhe had healed many; insomuch that they 3pressed upon him for rto touch him, as many as had plagues.
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, sfell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
12 And the *straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
13 uAnd he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
17 And wJames the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them xBoanerges, which is, yThe sons of thunder:
18 And zAndrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and aMatthew, and bThomas, and cJames the son of Alphaeus, and dThaddaeus, and eSimon the Canaanite,
- z: Jn. 1:40 , Jn. 1:43 , Jn. 1:45 , Jn. 6:5 , Jn. 6:8 , Jn. 14:8
- a: Mat. 9:9 , Mar. 2:14 , Lu. 5:27
- b: Jn. 11:16 , Jn. 20:26 - 29 , Jn. 21:2 , Ac. 1:13
- c: Mar. 6:3 , Ac. 15:13 , Ac. 21:18 , Ga. 1:19 , Ga. 2:9 , Ja. 1:1
- d: Mat. 10:3 , Lu. 6:16 , Jn. 14:22 , Ac. 1:13 , vs. 1
- e: Mat. 10:4 , Lu. 6:15 , Ac. 1:13
19 And fJudas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an 4house.
20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that gthey could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his 5friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, hHe is beside himself.
22 ¶And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, iHe hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in jparables, kHow 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 rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can lenter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
28 m*Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy *Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
- *: Ghost-Spirit.
30 nBecause they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 ¶oThere came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing *without, sent unto him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, pthy mother and thy brethren *without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, qBehold my mother and my brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.