and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus,1 they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"2
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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?3
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How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!4 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.
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.5
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Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,6
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warning them not to tell who he was.7
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This was to fulfill8 what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
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"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;9 I will put my Spirit on him,10 and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
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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.