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Matthew 12

MSG 1 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. NIV 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. MSG 2 Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: "Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!" NIV 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath." MSG 3 Jesus said, "Really? Didn't you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, NIV 3 He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? MSG 4 how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? NIV 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. MSG 5 And didn't you ever read in God's Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time and it's not held against them? NIV 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? MSG 6 "There is far more at stake here than religion. NIV 6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. MSG 7 If you had any idea what this Scripture meant - 'I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual' - you wouldn't be nitpicking like this. NIV 7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent. MSG 8 The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he's in charge." NIV 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." MSG 9 When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. NIV 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, MSG 10 There was a man there with a crippled hand. They said to Jesus, "Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?" They were baiting him. NIV 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?" MSG 11 He replied, "Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn't, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? NIV 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? MSG 12 Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!" NIV 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." MSG 13 Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out and it was healed. NIV 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. MSG 14 The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus. NIV 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. MSG 15 Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all NIV 15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, MSG 16 . He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, NIV 16 warning them not to tell who he was. MSG 17 following guidelines set down by Isaiah: NIV 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: MSG 18 Look well at my handpicked servant; I love him so much, take such delight in him. I've placed my Spirit on him; he'll decree justice to the nations. NIV 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. MSG 19 But he won't yell, won't raise his voice; there'll be no commotion in the streets. NIV 19 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. MSG 20 He won't walk over anyone's feelings, won't push you into a corner. Before you know it, his justice will triumph; NIV 20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. MSG 21 the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers. NIV 21 In his name the nations will put their hope." MSG 22 Next a poor demon-afflicted wretch, both blind and deaf, was set down before him. Jesus healed him, gave him his sight and hearing. NIV 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. MSG 23 The people who saw it were impressed - "This has to be the Son of David!" NIV 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" MSG 24 But the Pharisees, when they heard the report, were cynical. "Black magic," they said. "Some devil trick he's pulled from his sleeve." NIV 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." MSG 25 Jesus confronted their slander. "A judge who gives opposite verdicts on the same person cancels himself out; a family that's in a constant squabble disintegrates; NIV 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. MSG 26 if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? NIV 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? MSG 27 If you're slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil kicking out devils, doesn't the same mud stick to your own exorcists? NIV 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. MSG 28 "But if it's by God's power that I am sending the evil spirits packing, then God's kingdom is here for sure. NIV 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. MSG 29 How in the world do you think it's possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out. NIV 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. MSG 30 "This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse. NIV 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. MSG 31 "There's nothing done or said that can't be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God's Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. NIV 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. MSG 32 If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you're sawing off the branch on which you're sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives. NIV 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. MSG 33 "If you grow a healthy tree, you'll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you'll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree. NIV 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. MSG 34 "You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. NIV 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. MSG 35 A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. NIV 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. MSG 36 Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. NIV 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. MSG 37 Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation." NIV 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." MSG 38 Later a few religion scholars and Pharisees got on him. "Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?" NIV 38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you." MSG 39 Jesus said, "You're looking for proof, but you're looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you're going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. NIV 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. MSG 40 Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish's belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave. NIV 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. MSG 41 "On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about 'proofs.' NIV 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. MSG 42 On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon's is right in front of you, and you quibble over 'evidence.' NIV 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. MSG 43 "When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, NIV 43 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. MSG 44 it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. NIV 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. MSG 45 It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place. "That's what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren't hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in." NIV 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." MSG 46 While he was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers showed up. They were outside trying to get a message to him. NIV 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. MSG 47 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are out here, wanting to speak with you." NIV 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." MSG 48 Jesus didn't respond directly, but said, "Who do you think my mother and brothers are?" NIV 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" MSG 49 He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. "Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. NIV 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. MSG 50 Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father's will is my brother and sister and mother." NIV 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."