Matthew 12:1-13 NIV

Lord of the Sabbath

12:1-8pp -- Mk 2:23-28; Lk 6:1-5 12:9-14pp -- Mk 3:1-6; Lk 6:6-11

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain1 and eat them.

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2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."2

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3 He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?3

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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.4

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5 Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day5 and yet are innocent?

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6 I tell you that onea greater than the temple is here.6

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    • 6 12:6 - ver 41,42
    • a 12:6 - Or "something"; also in verses 41 and 42
      7 If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,'b7 you would not have condemned the innocent.

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      8 For the Son of Man8 is Lord of the Sabbath."

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      9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,
      10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus,9 they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"10

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      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?11

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      12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!12 Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

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      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.