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Matthew 12 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then on a day of worship Jesus walked through the grainfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain to eat. 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 him, "Look! Your disciples are doing something that is not right to do on the day of worship." 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."
3 Jesus asked them, "Haven't you read what David did 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 Haven't you read how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of the presence? He and his men had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right. 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 haven't you read in Moses' Teachings that on the day of worship the priests in the temple do things they shouldn't on the day of worship yet remain innocent? 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 can guarantee that something greater than the temple is here. 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
7 If you had known what 'I want mercy, not sacrifices' means, you would not have condemned innocent people. 7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
8 "The Son of Man has authority over the day of worship." 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9 Jesus moved on from there and went into a synagogue. 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
10 A man with a paralyzed hand was there. The people asked Jesus whether it was right to heal on a day of worship so that they could accuse him of doing something wrong. 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 said to them, "Suppose one of you has a sheep. If it falls into a pit on a day of worship, wouldn't you 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 Certainly, a human is more valuable than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the day of worship." 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, "Hold out your hand." The man held it out, and it became normal again, as healthy as the other. 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 The Pharisees left and plotted to kill Jesus. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
15 He knew about this, so he left that place. Many people followed him, and he cured all of them. 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 He also ordered them not to tell people who he was. 16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 So what the prophet Isaiah had said came true: 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, whom I love, and in whom I delight. I will put my Spirit on him, and he will announce justice 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 quarrel or shout, and no one will hear his voice 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 damaged cattail. He will not even put out a smoking wick until he has made justice victorious. 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
21 The nations will have hope because of him." 21 In his name the nations will put their hope."
22 Then some people brought Jesus a man possessed by a demon. The demon made the man blind and unable to talk. Jesus cured him so that he could 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 and said, "Can this man be the Son of David?" 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
24 When the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man can force demons out of people only with the help of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons." 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 Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is ruined. And every city or household divided against itself will not last. 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 If Satan forces Satan out, he is divided against himself. How, then, can his kingdom last? 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 If I force demons out of people with the help of Beelzebul, who helps your followers force them out? That's why they will be your judges. 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 But if I force demons out with the help of God's Spirit, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 How can anyone go into a strong man's house and steal his property? First he must tie up the strong man. Then he can go through his house and steal his property. 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 "Whoever isn't with me is against me. Whoever doesn't gather with me scatters. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31 So I can guarantee that people will be forgiven for any sin or cursing. However, cursing the 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 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in this world or the next. 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 "Make a tree good, and then its fruit will be good. Or make a tree rotten, and then its fruit will be rotten. A person can recognize a tree by its fruit. 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 poisonous snakes! How can you evil people say anything good? Your mouth says what comes from inside you. 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 Good people do the good things that are in them. But evil people do the evil things that are in them. 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 "I can guarantee that on judgment day people will have to give an account of every careless word they say. 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 By your words you will be declared innocent, or by your words you will be declared guilty." 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
38 Then some scribes and Pharisees said, "Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign." 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 He responded, "The people of an evil and unfaithful era look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will get is the sign 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 Just as Jonah was in the belly of a huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 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 The men of Nineveh will stand up with you at the time of judgment and will condemn you, because they turned to God and changed the way they thought and acted when Jonah spoke his message. But look, someone greater than Jonah is here! 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 The queen from the south will stand up at the time of judgment with you. She will condemn you, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear Solomon's wisdom. But look, someone greater than Solomon is here! 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 comes out of a person, it goes through dry places looking for a place to rest. But it doesn't find any. 43 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
44 Then it says, 'I'll go back to the home I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and in order. 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 and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself. They enter and take up permanent residence there. In the end the condition of that person is worse than it was before. That 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 While Jesus was still talking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside. They wanted to talk to him. 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
47 Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to talk to you." 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
48 He replied to the man speaking to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
49 Pointing with his hand at his disciples, he 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 and sister and mother." 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."