Mark 2:23-28

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?
26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Mark 2:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
ESV
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
NLT
23 One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat.
MSG
23 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain.
CSB
23 On the Sabbath He was going through the grainfields, and His disciples began to make their way picking some heads of grain.

Mark 2:23-28 In-Context

21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.
22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?
26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Cross References 8

  • 1. Deuteronomy 23:25
  • 2. S Matthew 12:2
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 24:6; 2 Samuel 8:17
  • 4. Leviticus 24:5-9
  • 5. 1 Samuel 21:1-6
  • 6. Exodus 23:12; Deuteronomy 5:14
  • 7. Colossians 2:16
  • 8. S Matthew 8:20
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