He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
References for Matthew 12:3
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.
References for Matthew 12:4
Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?
References for Matthew 12:5
I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.
References for Matthew 12:6
If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’you would not have condemned the innocent.
References for Matthew 12:7
For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
References for Matthew 12:8
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
References for Matthew 12:10
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?
References for Matthew 12:11
How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
References for Matthew 12:12
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.