On a certain Sabbath Jesus was walking through a field of ripe grain. His disciples were pulling off heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands to get rid of the chaff, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said, "Why are you doing that, breaking a Sabbath rule?"
But Jesus stood up for them. "Have you never read what David and those with him did when they were hungry?
How he entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? He also handed it out to his companions."
Then he said, "The Son of Man is no slave to the Sabbath; he's in charge."
On another Sabbath he went to the meeting place and taught. There was a man there with a crippled right hand.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)