The Annunciation of Mark – Chapter 3
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1 And again Jesus entered into a synagogue. And there was a man there, whose hand was withered.
2 And they watched him, that if he should heal on the sabbath, they might accuse him.
3 And he said to the man of the withered hand:
Stand up in the midst.
4 And he said also to them:
Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath, or to do evil ? to give life to a person, or to destroy ?
But they were silent
5 And he looked on them with indignation, being grieved with the hardness of their heart. And he said to the man:
Stretch forth thy hand.
And he stretched forth, and his hand was restored.
6 And the Pharisees went out, that very hour, with the domestics of Herod, and held a consultation against him, how they might destroy him.
7 And Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea. And many people joined him from Galilee, and from Judaea,
8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan, and from Tyre, and from Sidon:
great multitudes, when they heard all that he did, came to him.
9 And he told his disciples to bring him a ship, on account of the multitude, lest they should crowd upon him
10 For he had healed many, so that they rushed upon him, in order to touch him.
11 And they who were afflicted with unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down and cried out, and said:
Thou art the Son of God.
12 And he charged them much, not to make him known.
13 And he ascended a mountain, and called whom he pleased; and they came to him.
14 And he chose twelve to be with him, whom he would send out to preach,
15 and who would have power to heal the sick, and to cast out demons.
16 And to Simon he gave the name of Cephas.
17 And to James the son of Zebedee and to John the brother of James, he gave the name of Boanerges, that is, Sons of thunder.
18 And [he chose also] Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
19 And Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. And they came to the house:
20 and the multitude assembled again, so that they could not eat bread.
21 And his kinsmen heard, and went out to take him; for they said: He is out of his reason.
22 And those Scribes that had come down from Jerusalem, said:
Beelzebub is in him; and by the prince of demons he expelleth demons.
23 And Jesus called them, and said to them, by similitudes :
How can Satan cast out Satan ?
24 For 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 is at an end.
27 No one can enter the house of a strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man; and then he may rob his house.
28 Verily I say to you:
All sins, and the blasphemies that men may utter, may be forgiven them:
29 but whoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, to him for ever there is no forgiveness; but he is obnoxious to eternal judgment.
30 Because they had said:
An unclean spirit is in him.
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and, standing without, sent to call him to them.
32 And the multitude were sitting around him, and they said to him:
Lo, thy mother and thy brothers, without, call for thee.
33 He replied, and said to them:
Who is my mother? and who are my brothers ?
34 And he looked upon those who sat by him, and said:
Behold my mother ! and, behold my brothers !
35 For whoever shall do the pleasure of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.
Ben Sira 27
1 Many have sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
2 As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling.
3 Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
4 As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.
5 The furnace proveth the potter’s vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
6 The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
7 Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
8 If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
9 The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.
10 As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
11 The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
12 If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
13 The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
14 The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.
15 The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
16 Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.
17 Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
18 For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbour.
19 As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again
20 Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
21 As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.
22 He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.
23 When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.
24 I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
25 Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
26 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.
27 He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.
28 Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.
29 They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.
30 Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.
Ben Sira 27 KJVA