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1 At that time Jesus was walking through some fields of grain on a Sabbath day. His followers were hungry, so they began to pick the grain and eat it. 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! Your followers are doing what is unlawful to do on the Sabbath day." 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 not read what David did when he and the people with him were hungry? 3 He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4 He went into God's house, and he and those with him ate the holy bread, which was lawful only for priests to eat. 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 And have you not read in the law of Moses that on every Sabbath day the priests in the Temple break this law about the Sabbath day? But the priests are not wrong for doing that. 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 that is greater than the Temple. 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
7 The Scripture says, 'I want kindness more than I want animal sacrifices.' You don't really know what those words mean. If you understood them, you would not judge those who have done nothing wrong. 7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
8 "So the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath day." 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9 Jesus left there and went into their synagogue, 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
10 where there was a man with a crippled hand. They were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they asked him, "Is it right to heal on the Sabbath day?" 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, "If any of you has a sheep, and it falls into a ditch on the Sabbath day, you will help it out of the ditch. 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 Surely a human being is more important than a sheep. So it is lawful to do good things on the Sabbath day." 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
13 Then Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, "Hold out your hand." The man held out his hand, and it became well again, like the other hand. 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 But the Pharisees left and made plans to kill Jesus. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
15 Jesus knew what the Pharisees were doing, so he left that place. Many people followed him, and he healed all who were sick. 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 But Jesus warned the people not to tell who he was. 16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 He did these things to bring about what Isaiah the prophet had said: 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 "Here is my servant whom I have chosen. I love him, and I am pleased with him. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will tell of my justice to all people. 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 cry out; 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 a crushed blade of grass or put out even a weak flame until he makes justice win the victory. 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
21 In him will the non-Jewish people find 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 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 All the people were amazed and said, "Perhaps this man is 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, "Jesus uses the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons, to force demons out of people." 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 the Pharisees were thinking, so he said to them, "Every kingdom that is divided against itself will be destroyed. And any city or family that is divided against itself will not continue. 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 And if Satan forces out himself, then Satan is divided against himself, and his kingdom will not continue. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 You say that I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons. If that is true, then what power do your people use to force out demons? So 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 use the power of God's Spirit to force out demons, 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 "If anyone wants to enter a strong person's house and steal his things, he must first tie up the strong person. Then he can steal the things from the 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 "Whoever is not with me is against me. Whoever does not work with me is working against me. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31 So I tell you, people can be forgiven for every sin and everything they say against God. But whoever speaks 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 speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, now or in the future. 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 "If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good, it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it produces. 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! You are evil people, so how can you say anything good? The mouth speaks the things that are in the heart. 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 have good things in their hearts, and so they say good things. But evil people have evil in their hearts, so they say evil 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 And I tell you that on the Judgment Day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said. 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 The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty." 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law answered Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want to see you work a miracle as a 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 Jesus answered, "Evil and sinful people are the ones who want to see a miracle for a sign. But no sign will be given to them, except 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 Jonah was in the stomach of the big fish for three days and three nights. In the same way, the Son of Man will be in the grave 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 On the Judgment Day the people from Ninevehn will stand up with you people who live now, and they will show that you are guilty. When Jonah preached to them, they were sorry and changed their lives. And I tell you that 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 On the Judgment Day, the Queen of the Southn will stand up with you people who live today. She will show that you are guilty, because she came from far away to listen to Solomon's wise teaching. And I tell you that 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 travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest, but it doesn't find it. 43 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.
44 So the spirit says, 'I will go back to the house I left.' When the spirit comes back, it finds the house still empty, swept clean, and made neat. 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 the evil spirit goes out and brings seven other spirits even more evil than it is, and they go in and live there. So the person has even more trouble than before. It is the same way with the evil people who live today." 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 talking to the people, his mother and brothers stood outside, trying to find a way 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 Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, and they want to talk to you." 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
48 He 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 followers and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what my Father in heaven wants." 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."