Matthew 12:1-23 (New American Standard)

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Sabbath Questions

1 1At that atime Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to 2pick the heads of grain and eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples do what 3is not lawful to do on a Sabbath." 3 But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions , 4 how he entered the house of God, and 4they ate the bconsecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone ? 5 "Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple cbreak the Sabbath and are innocent ? 6 "But I say to you that something 5greater than the temple is here. 7 "But if you had known what this dmeans, '6I DESIRE eCOMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

Lord of the Sabbath

8 "For 7the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 9 8Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned fJesus, asking, "9Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath ?"-so that they might accuse Him. 11 And He said to them, "10What man gis there among you who hhas a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 "11How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep ! So then, it is lawful to do igood on the Sabbath." 13 Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand !" 12He stretched it out, and it was restored to jnormal, like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and k13conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. 15 But Jesus, laware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and 14He healed them all, 16 and 15warned them not to mtell who He was. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet : 18 "16BEHOLD, MY nSERVANT WHOM I oHAVE CHOSEN ; 17MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL p is WELL-PLEASED; 18 I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM, 19 AND HE SHALL PROCLAIMq JUSTICE TO THE r GENTILES. 19 "20HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT; NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS. 20 "21A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE sLEADS tJUSTICE TO VICTORY. 21 "22AND IN HIS NAME THE uGENTILES WILL HOPE."

The Pharisees Rebuked

22 23Then a 24demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to vJesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. 23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the 25Son of David, can he?"
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