Mark 3

A Man with a Withered Hand

1 And a He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they b watched Him closely, whether He would c heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might 1 accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, 2 "Step forward." 4 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the d hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored 3 as whole as the other. 6 e Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with f the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

A Great Crowd Follows Jesus

7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, g and from Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how h many things He was doing, came to Him. 9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. 10 For He healed i many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to j touch Him. 11 k And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, l "You are the Son of God." 12 But m He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

The Twelve Apostles

13 n And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, 4 that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have 5 power 6 to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: 16 7 Simon, o to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, "Sons of Thunder"; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

20 Then the multitude came together again, p so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His q own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, r for they said, "He is out of His mind."

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, s "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the t ruler of the demons He casts out demons." 23 u So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 "And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 "And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 v "No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

28 w "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 "but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" - 30 because they x said, "He has an unclean spirit."

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

31 y Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers 8 are outside seeking You." 33 But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 "For whoever does the z will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 12:9 - 14
    Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.
    Luke 6:6 - 11
    Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 37:32
    The wicked watches the righteous, And seeks to slay him.
    Luke 14:1
    Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
    Luke 20:20
    So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
  3. Cross References
    Luke 13:14
    But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.
  4. Cross References
    Zechariah 7:12
    Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 2:2
    The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying.
    Mark 12:13
    Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 22:16
    And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 4:25
    Great multitudes followed Him - from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
    Luke 6:17
    And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases.
  8. Cross References
    Mark 5:19
    However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.
  9. Cross References
    Mark 5:29
    Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
    Mark 5:34
    And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.
    Luke 7:21
    And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 9:21
    For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.
    Matthew 14:36
    And begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
    Mark 6:56
    Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
    Mark 8:22
    Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.
  11. Cross References
    Mark 1:23
    Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out.
    Mark 1:24
    Saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are - the Holy One of God!
    Luke 4:41
    And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 8:29
    And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?
    Matthew 14:33
    Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God.
    Mark 1:1
    The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    Mark 5:7
    And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.
    Luke 8:28
    When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 12:16
    Yet He warned them not to make Him known.
    Mark 1:25
    But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!
    Mark 1:34
    Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 10:1
    And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
    Mark 6:7
    And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
    Luke 9:1
    Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 16:18
    And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
    John 1:42
    And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
  16. Cross References
    Mark 6:31
    And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 69:8
    I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother's children.
    Matthew 13:55
    Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
    Mark 6:3
    Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" So they were offended at Him.
    John 2:12
    After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
  18. Cross References
    John 7:5
    For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
    John 10:20
    And many of them said, "He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?
    Acts 26:24
    Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!
    2 Corinthians 5:13
    For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
  19. Cross References
    Matthew 9:34
    But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by...
    Matthew 10:25
    It is enough for a disciple that he be like his...
    Luke 11:15
    But some of them said, "He casts out demons by ...
    John 7:20
    The people answered and said, "You have a demon...
    John 8:48
    Then the Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we ...
    John 8:52
    Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that Yo...
    John 10:20
    And many of them said, "He has a demon and is m...
  20. Cross References
    John 12:31
    Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
    John 14:30
    I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
    John 16:11
    Of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
    Ephesians 2:2
    In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 12:25 - 29
    But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
    Luke 11:17 - 22
    But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:24
    Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, Or the captives of the righteous be delivered?
    Isaiah 49:25
    But thus says the LORD: "Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.
    Matthew 12:29
    Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
  23. Cross References
    Matthew 12:31
    Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
    Matthew 12:32
    Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
    Luke 12:10
    And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
    1 John 5:16
    If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.
  24. Cross References
    Matthew 9:34
    But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.
    John 7:20
    The people answered and said, "You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?
    John 8:48
    Then the Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?
    John 8:52
    Then the Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.
    John 10:20
    And many of them said, "He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?
  25. Cross References
    Matthew 12:46 - 50
    While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
    Luke 8:19 - 21
    Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.
  26. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:6
    Not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
    Hebrews 10:36
    For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
    1 Peter 4:2
    That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
    1 John 2:17
    And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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