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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Mark 3:20–27

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20 And He * came 1ahome, and the bcrowd * gathered again, cto such an extent that they could not even eat 2a meal.

21 When aHis own 1people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “bHe has lost His senses.”

22 The scribes who came down afrom Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by 1bBeelzebul,” and “cHe casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

23 aAnd He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in bparables, “How can cSatan 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 aSatan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but 1he is finished!

27 aBut 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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*

A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.

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Lit into a house

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b
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Lit bread

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Or kinsmen

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Or Beezebul; others read Beelzebub

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c
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Lit he has an end

a