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1 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. 1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
2 Some Pharisees said, "Why are you doing that, breaking a Sabbath rule?" 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
3 But Jesus stood up for them. "Have you never read what David and those with him did when they were hungry? 3 Jesus answered them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4 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." 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."
5 Then he said, "The Son of Man is no slave to the Sabbath; he's in charge." 5 Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
6 On another Sabbath he went to the meeting place and taught. There was a man there with a crippled right hand. 6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.
7 The religion scholars and Pharisees had their eye on Jesus to see if he would heal the man, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.
8 He knew what they were up to and spoke to the man with the crippled hand: "Get up and stand here before us." He did. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.
9 Then Jesus addressed them, "Let me ask you something: What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?" 9 Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"
10 He looked around, looked each one in the eye. He said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out - it was as good as new! 10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.
11 They were beside themselves with anger, and started plotting how they might get even with him. 11 But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
12 At about that same time he climbed a mountain to pray. He was there all night in prayer before God. 12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
13 The next day he summoned his disciples; from them he selected twelve he designated as apostles: 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
14 Simon, whom he named Peter, Andrew, his brother, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James, son of Alphaeus, Simon, called the Zealot, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,
16 Judas, son of James, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. 17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon,
18 They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured,
19 Everyone was trying to touch him - so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Then he spoke: You're blessed when you've lost it all. God's kingdom is there for the finding. 20 Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 You're blessed when you're ravenously hungry. Then you're ready for the Messianic meal. You're blessed when the tears flow freely. Joy comes with the morning. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 "Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23 You can be glad when that happens - skip like a lamb, if you like! - for even though they don't like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this. Give Away Your Life 23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
24 But it's trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you'll ever get. 24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
25 And it's trouble ahead if you're satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it's trouble ahead if you think life's all fun and games. There's suffering to be met, and you're going to meet it. 25 Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 "There's trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests - look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
27 "To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. 27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.
30 If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
31 "Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. 32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.
33 If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that.
34 If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that's charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full.
35 "I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never - I promise - regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
36 Our Father is kind; you be kind. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults - unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. 37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back - given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity." 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
39 He quoted a proverb: "'Can a blind man guide a blind man?' Wouldn't they both end up in the ditch? 39 He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40 An apprentice doesn't lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher. 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 "It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
42 Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. 42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
43 "You don't get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. 43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
44 The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
45 It's who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
46 "Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you? 46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
47 These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
48 "If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
49 But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss." 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."