20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, He has gone out of his mind. 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons. 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong mans house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
28Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin 30for they had said, He has an unclean spirit.
31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you. 33And he replied, Who are my mother and my brothers? 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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