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.
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When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."2
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He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?3
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He 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.4
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Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day5 and yet are innocent?
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I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.6
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If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,'7 you would not have condemned the innocent.
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For the Son of Man8 is Lord of the Sabbath."
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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?"10
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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?11
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How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!12 Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
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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.