Luke 6:1-11 DBY

1 And it came to pass on [the] second-first a sabbath, that he went through cornfields, and his disciples were plucking the ears and eating [them], rubbing [them] in their hands.

References for Luke 6:1

    • ¦ 6:1 - The expression 'second-first sabbath' is explained thus: The year, as regards the worship of God amongst the Jews, began with the month Abib (Heb. 'green corn'), which lasted from the middle of March to the middle of April. In Leviticus 23, in which we find the Jewish feasts described, we may observe that in addition to the general and weekly recurring feasts of the sabbath, the chief feasts begin with the passover (the 14th of Abib), and that, in immediate connexion with it, it was ordained that on the day after the following sabbath the first-fruits of the corn should be offered in the ear, a foreshadowing of the resurrection of Jesus which took place on the morrow after the sabbath of the passover week, or feast of unleavened bread. The sabbath immediately following the passover was therefore the 'first' or great sabbath, and after the offering of the first-fruits on the morrow after the sabbath, the first day of the week, the harvest might be commenced, and the new corn eaten, which was not permitted before, even though corn stood ripe in the fields. On the following sabbath, the 'second' after the 'first' or great sabbath, we see that the disciples ate ears of corn on the way, for the offering of the first-fruits had already taken place on the first day of the week; and, as seven weeks or sabbaths were counted from this day to the feast of Pentecost, it was therefore the 'first' of these seven sabbaths, or the 'second' with reference to the great sabbath of the Passover.
      2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, Why do ye what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?
      3 And Jesus answering said to them, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did when he hungered, he and those who were with him,
      4 how he entered into the house of God and took the shewbread and ate, and gave to those also who were with him, which it is not lawful that [any] eat, unless the priests alone?
      5 And he said to them, The Son of man is Lord of the sabbath also.
      6 And it came to pass on another sabbath also that he entered into the synagogue and taught; and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
      7 And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching if he would heal on the sabbath, that they might find something of which to accuse him.
      8 But *he* knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, Get up, and stand in the midst. And having risen up he stood [there].
      9 Jesus therefore said to them, I will ask you if it is lawful on the sabbath to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy [it]?
      10 And having looked around on them all, he said to him, Stretch out thy hand. And he did [so] and his hand was restored as the other.
      11 But *they* were filled with madness, and they spoke together among themselves what they should do to Jesus.