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Matthew 12:1-21

ESV 1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 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. ESV 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." MSG 2 Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: "Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!" ESV 3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: MSG 3 Jesus said, "Really? Didn't you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, ESV 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? MSG 4 how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? ESV 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 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? ESV 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. MSG 6 "There is far more at stake here than religion. ESV 7 And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 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. ESV 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." MSG 8 The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he's in charge." ESV 9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. MSG 9 When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. ESV 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--so that they might accuse him. 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. ESV 11 He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 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? ESV 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." MSG 12 Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!" ESV 13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. MSG 13 Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out and it was healed. ESV 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. MSG 14 The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus. ESV 15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all MSG 15 Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all ESV 16 and ordered them not to make him known. MSG 16 . He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, ESV 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: MSG 17 following guidelines set down by Isaiah: ESV 18 "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 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. ESV 19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; MSG 19 But he won't yell, won't raise his voice; there'll be no commotion in the streets. ESV 20 a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; 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; ESV 21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope." MSG 21 the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers.

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