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1 About that time Jesus passed on the Sabbath through the wheatfields; and His disciples became hungry, and began to gather ears of wheat and eat them. 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 But the Pharisees saw it and said to Him, "Look! your disciples are doing what the Law forbids them to do 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 "Have you never read," He replied, "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 how he entered the House of God and ate the Presented Loaves, which it was not lawful for him or his men to eat, nor for any except the priests? 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 how on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath without incurring guilt? 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 But I tell you that there is here that which is greater than the Temple. 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
7 And if you knew what this means, `It is mercy I desire, not sacrifice', you would not have condemned those who are without guilt. 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 the Lord of the Sabbath." 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
9 Departing thence He went to their synagogue, 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
10 where there was a man with a shrivelled arm. And they questioned Him, "Is it right to cure people on the Sabbath?" Their intention was to bring a charge 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 "Which of you is there," He replied, "who, if he has but a single sheep and it falls into a hole on the Sabbath, will not lay 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 Is not a man, however, far superior to a sheep? Therefore 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, "Stretch out your arm." And he stretched it out, and it was restored quite sound like 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 But the Pharisees after leaving the synagogue consulted together against Him, how they might destroy Him. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
15 Aware of this, Jesus departed elsewhere; and a great number of people followed Him, all of whom He cured. 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 But He gave them strict injunctions not to blaze abroad His doings, 16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 that those words of the Prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 "This is My servant whom I have chosen, My dearly loved One in whom My soul takes pleasure. I will put My spirit upon 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 wrangle or raise His voice, nor will His voice be heard in the broadways. 19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A crushed reed He will not utterly break, nor will He quench the still smouldering wick, until He has led on Justice to 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 on His name shall the nations rest their hopes." 21 In his name the nations will put their hope."
22 At that time a demoniac was brought to Him, blind and dumb; and He cured him, so that the dumb man could 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 And the crowds of people were all filled with amazement and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
24 The Pharisees heard it and said, "This man only expels demons by the power of Baal-zebul, 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 Knowing their thoughts He said to them, "Every kingdom in which civil war has raged suffers desolation; and every city or house in which there is internal strife will be brought low. 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 expelling Satan, he has begun to make war on himself: how therefore shall his kingdom last? 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
27 And if it is by Baal-zebul's power that I expel the demons, by whose power do your disciples expel them? They therefore shall 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 it is by the power of the Spirit of God that I expel the demons, it is evident that the Kingdom of God has 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 Again, how can any one enter the house of a strong man and carry off his goods, unless first of all he masters and secures the strong man: then he will ransack 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 "The man who is not with me is against me, and he who is not gathering with me is scattering abroad. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
31 This is why I tell you that men may find forgiveness for every other sin and impious word, but that for impious speaking against the Holy Spirit they shall find no forgiveness. 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 And whoever shall speak against the Son of Man may obtain forgiveness; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, neither in this nor in the coming age shall he obtain forgiveness." 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 "Either grant the tree to be wholesome and its fruit wholesome, or the tree poisonous and its fruit poisonous; for the tree is known 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 O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks. 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 man from his good store produces good things, and a bad man from his bad store produces 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 But I tell you that for every careless word that men shall speak they will be held accountable on the day of Judgement. 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 For each of you by his words shall be justified, or by his words shall be condemned." 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
38 Then He was accosted by some of the Scribes and of the Pharisees who said, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign given by you." 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 "Wicked and faithless generation!" He replied, "they clamour for a sign, but none shall 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 For just as Jonah was three days in the sea-monster's belly, so will the Son of Man be three days in the heart 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 There will stand up men of Nineveh at the Judgement together with the present generation, and will condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and mark! there is One greater than Jonah 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 of the south will awake at the Judgement together with the present generation, and will condemn it; because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and mark! there is One greater than Solomon 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 "No sooner however has the foul spirit gone out of the man, then he roams about in places where there is no water, 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 he says, `I will return to my house that I left;' and he comes and finds it unoccupied, swept clean, and in good 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 he goes and brings back with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they come in and dwell there; and in the end that man's condition becomes worse than it was at first. So will it be also with the present wicked 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 While He was still addressing the people His mother and His brothers were standing on the edge of the crowd desiring to speak to Him. 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.
47 So some one told Him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and desire to speak to you." 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
48 "Who is my mother?" He said to the man; "and who are my brothers?" 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
49 And pointing to His disciples He added, "See here are my mother and my brothers. 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 To obey my Father who is in Heaven--that is to be my brother and my sister and my mother." 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."