Matthew 12:1-8 New International Version

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 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. 2  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath." 3  He answered, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 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. 5  Or haven't you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6  I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7  If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,'[1]you would not have condemned the innocent. 8  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."


[1] 12:7 Hosea 6:6

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