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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. NLT 1 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. MSG 2 Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: "Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!" NLT 2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” MSG 3 Jesus said, "Really? Didn't you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, NLT 3 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures 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? NLT 4 He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. 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? NLT 5 And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? MSG 6 "There is far more at stake here than religion. NLT 6 I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! 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. NLT 7 But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ MSG 8 The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he's in charge." NLT 8 For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” MSG 9 When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. NLT 9 Then Jesus went over to 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. NLT 10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.) 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? NLT 11 And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. MSG 12 Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!" NLT 12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person 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. NLT 13 Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one! MSG 14 The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus. NLT 14 Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to 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 NLT 15 But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, MSG 16 . He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, NLT 16 but he warned them not to reveal who he was. MSG 17 following guidelines set down by Isaiah: NLT 17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him: 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. NLT 18 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon 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. NLT 19 He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public. 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; NLT 20 He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. MSG 21 the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers. NLT 21 And his name will be the hope of all the world.” 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. NLT 22 Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. MSG 23 The people who saw it were impressed - "This has to be the Son of David!" NLT 23 The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” 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." NLT 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.” 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; NLT 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. MSG 26 if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? NLT 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 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? NLT 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 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. NLT 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among 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. NLT 29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder 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. NLT 30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me. 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. NLT 31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never 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. NLT 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world 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. NLT 33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 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. NLT 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. MSG 35 A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. NLT 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 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. NLT 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. MSG 37 Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation." NLT 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” 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?" NLT 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 your authority.” 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. NLT 39 But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is 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. NLT 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 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.' NLT 41 “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent. 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.' NLT 42 The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen. 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, NLT 43 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. MSG 44 it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. NLT 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and 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." NLT 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.” 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. NLT 46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. MSG 47 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are out here, wanting to speak with you." NLT 47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.” MSG 48 Jesus didn't respond directly, but said, "Who do you think my mother and brothers are?" NLT 48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” MSG 49 He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. "Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. NLT 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. MSG 50 Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father's will is my brother and sister and mother." NLT 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

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