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and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, â€œHe has gone out of his mind.â€ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, â€œHe has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.â€ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, â€œHow can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong manâ€™s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
â€œTruly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sinâ€â€” for they had said, â€œHe has an unclean spirit.â€
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, â€œYour mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.â€ And he replied, â€œWho are my mother and my brothers?â€ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, â€œHere are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, 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.