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Matthew 12 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Not long afterward Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began to pick heads of wheat and eat the grain. 1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Jesus, "Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do this on the Sabbath!" 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."
3 Jesus answered, "Have you never read what David did that time when he and his men were hungry? 3 He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4 He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the bread offered to God, even though it was against the Law for them to eat it - only the priests were allowed to eat that bread. 4 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.
5 Or have you not read in the Law of Moses that every Sabbath the priests in the Temple actually break the Sabbath law, yet they are not guilty? 5 Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?
6 I tell you that there is something here greater than the Temple. 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
7 The scripture says, "It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.' If you really knew what this means, you would not condemn people who are not guilty; 7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
8 for the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9 Jesus left that place and went to a synagogue, 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
10 where there was a man who had a paralyzed hand. Some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong, so they asked him, "Is it against our Law to heal on the Sabbath?" 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
11 Jesus answered, "What if one of you has a sheep and it falls into a deep hole on the Sabbath? Will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 11 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?
12 And a human being is worth much more than a sheep! So then, our Law does allow us to help someone on the Sabbath." 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
13 Then he said to the man with the paralyzed hand, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it became well again, just like the other one. 13 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.
14 Then the Pharisees left and made plans to kill Jesus. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
15 When Jesus heard about the plot against him, he went away from that place; and large crowds followed him. He healed all the sick 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 and gave them orders not to tell others about him. 16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 He did this so as to make come true what God had said through the prophet Isaiah: 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will send my Spirit upon him, and he will announce my judgment to the nations. 18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not argue or shout, or make loud speeches in the streets. 19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break off a bent reed, nor put out a flickering lamp. He will persist until he causes justice to triumph, 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
21 and on him all peoples will put their hope." 21 In his name the nations will put their hope."
22 Then some people brought to Jesus a man who was blind and could not talk because he had a demon. Jesus healed the man, so that he was able to talk and see. 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.
23 The crowds were all amazed at what Jesus had done. "Could he be the Son of David?" they asked. 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
24 When the Pharisees heard this, they replied, "He drives out demons only because their ruler Beelzebul gives him power to do so." 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
25 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and so he said to them, "Any country that divides itself into groups which fight each other will not last very long. And any town or family that divides itself into groups which fight each other will fall apart. 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
26 So if one group is fighting another in Satan's kingdom, this means that it is already divided into groups and will soon fall apart! 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 You say that I drive out demons because Beelzebul gives me the power to do so. Well, then, who gives your followers the power to drive them out? What your own followers do proves that you are wrong! 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.
28 No, it is not Beelzebul, but God's Spirit, who gives me the power to drive out demons, which proves that the Kingdom of God has already come upon you. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 "No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house. 29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
30 "Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31 For this reason I tell you: people can be forgiven any sin and any evil thing they say; but whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 Anyone who says something against the Son of Man can be forgiven; but whoever says something against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven - now or ever. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 "To have good fruit you must have a healthy tree; if you have a poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears. 33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
34 You snakes - how can you say good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good person brings good things out of a treasure of good things; a bad person brings bad things out of a treasure of bad things. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
36 "You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will have to give account of every useless word you have ever spoken. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
37 Your words will be used to judge you - to declare you either innocent or guilty." 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
38 Then some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up. "Teacher," they said, "we want to see you perform a miracle." 38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
39 "How evil and godless are the people of this day!" Jesus exclaimed. "You ask me for a miracle? No! The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of the prophet Jonah. 39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 In the same way that Jonah spent three days and nights in the big fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and nights in the depths of the earth. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 On the Judgment Day the people of Nineveh will stand up and accuse you, because they turned from their sins when they heard Jonah preach; and I tell you that there is something here greater than Jonah! 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.
42 On the Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will stand up and accuse you, because she traveled all the way from her country to listen to King Solomon's wise teaching; and I assure you that there is something here greater than Solomon! 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.
43 "When an evil spirit goes out of a person, it travels over dry country looking for a place to rest. If it can't find one, 43 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
44 it says to itself, "I will go back to my house.' So it goes back and finds the house empty, clean, and all fixed up. 44 Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
45 Then it goes out and brings along seven other spirits even worse than itself, and they come and live there. So when it is all over, that person is in worse shape than at the beginning. This is what will happen to the evil people of this day." 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
46 Jesus was still talking to the people when his mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside, asking to speak with him. 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
47 So one of the people there said to him, "Look, your mother and brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak with you." 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
48 Jesus answered, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, "Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants is my brother, my sister, and my mother." 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."