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1 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off heads of wheat and eating 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 Some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, "Your disciples shouldn't be doing that! It's against the law to work by harvesting grain 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 But Jesus said to them, "Haven't you ever read in the Scriptures what King David did when he and his companions 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 they ate the special bread reserved for the priests alone. That was breaking the law, too. 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 haven't you ever read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? 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, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
7 But you would not have condemned those who aren't guilty if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices.' 7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
8 For I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath." 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9 Then he went over to the synagogue, 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, "Is it legal to work by healing on the Sabbath day?" (They were, of course, hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.) 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 And he answered, "If you had one sheep, and it fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn't you get to work and pull it out? Of course you would. 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 how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, it is right to do good 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, "Reach out your hand." The man reached out his hand, and it became normal, 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 called a meeting and discussed plans for killing Jesus. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
15 But Jesus knew what they were planning. He left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 but he warned them not to say who he was. 16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him: 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 "Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, and I am very pleased with him. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim 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 fight or shout; he will not raise his voice in public. 19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final 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 And his name will be the hope of all the world." 21 In his name the nations will put their hope."
22 Then a demon-possessed man, who was both blind and unable to talk, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak 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 crowd was amazed. "Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?" they wondered out loud. 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, "No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince 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 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, "Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A city or home divided against itself is doomed. 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 is casting out Satan, he is fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 And if I am empowered by the prince of demons, what about your own followers? They cast out demons, too, so they will judge you for what you have said. 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 am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Let me illustrate this. You can't enter a strong man's house and rob him without first tying him up. Only then can his house be robbed! 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 isn't helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31 "Every sin or blasphemy can be forgiven -- except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which can never 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 blasphemes against me, the Son of Man, can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. 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 "A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 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 brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 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 produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 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 this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 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 say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned." 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove that you are from God." 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 But Jesus replied, "Only an evil, faithless generation would ask for a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them 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 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so I, 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 people of Nineveh will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here -- and you refuse to repent. 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 of Sheba will also rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And now someone greater than Solomon is here -- and you refuse to listen to him. 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 leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 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 will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and clean. 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 spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation." 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 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers were outside, wanting to talk with 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 your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you." 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
48 Jesus asked, "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, "These are my mother and brothers. 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven 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."