At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain1 and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."23
He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?34He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread--which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.45Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day5 and yet are innocent?6I tell you that onea greater than the temple is here.67If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,'b7 you would not have condemned the innocent.8For the Son of Man8 is Lord of the Sabbath."9
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus,9 they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"1011
He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?1112How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!12 Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."13
Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.13
Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,1416
warning them not to tell who he was.1517
This was to fulfill16 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;17 I will put my Spirit on him,18 and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope."c19
Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.2023
All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"2124
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub,d22 the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."2325
Jesus knew their thoughts24 and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.26If Satan25 drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub,26 by whom do your people27 drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.28But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God28 has come upon you.29"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.30"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.2931And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.3032Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age31 or in the age to come.3233"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.3334You brood of vipers,34 how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.3535The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."36
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign37 from you."3839
He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.3940For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,40 so the Son of Man41 will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.4241The men of Nineveh43 will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,44 and now onee greater than Jonah is here.42The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came45 from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.43"When an evilf spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.44Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.46 That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother47 and brothers48 stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."g48
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"49
Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven49 is my brother and sister and mother."