14 And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,15 and to have authority to cast out the demons.16 And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter),17 and [a]James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of [b]James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder”);18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and [c]James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the [d]Zealot;19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.
20 And He *came [e]home, and the crowd *gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat [f]a meal.21 When His own [g]people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by [h]Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.26 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but [i]he is finished!27 But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.
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