Matthew 12:1-23 American Standard Version

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 1  At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat. 2  But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath. 3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him; 4  how he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests? 5  Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? 6  But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here. 7  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8  For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  And he departed thence, and went into their synagogue: 10  and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him. 11  And he said unto them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12  How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day. 13  Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, as the other.

14  But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

The Chosen Servant

15  And Jesus perceiving [it] withdrew from thence: and many followed him; and he healed them all, 16  and charged them that they should not make him known: 17  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 18  Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles. 19  He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; Neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets. 20  A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21  And in his name shall the Gentiles hope.

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spake and saw. 23  And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of David?

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