Matthew 12:2-12 NLT

2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.”
3 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4 He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat.
5 And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?
6 I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!
7 But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’a

References for Matthew 12:7

    • 12:7 - Hos 6:6 (Greek version).
      8 For the Son of Manb is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

      References for Matthew 12:8

        • 12:8 - “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
          9 Then Jesus went over to their synagogue,
          10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)
          11 And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would.
          12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”