He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?1
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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.2
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Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day3 and yet are innocent?
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I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.4
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If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,'5 you would not have condemned the innocent.
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For the Son of Man6 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,7 they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"8
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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?9
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How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!10 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.