Matthew 12:1-23 Bible in Basic English

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 1  At that time Jesus went through the fields on the Sabbath day; and his disciples, being in need of food, were taking the heads of grain. 2  But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, See, your disciples do that which it is not right to do on the Sabbath. 3  But he said to them, Have you no knowledge of what David did when he had need of food, and those who were with him? 4  How he went into the house of God and took for food the holy bread which it was not right for him or for those who were with him to take, but only for the priests? 5  Or is it not said in the law, how the Sabbath is broken by the priests in the Temple and they do no wrong? 6  But I say to you that a greater thing than the Temple is here. 7  But if these words had been in your minds, My desire is for mercy and not for offerings, you would not have been judging those who have done no wrong. 8  For the Son of man is lord of the Sabbath.

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  And he went from there into their Synagogue: 10  And there was a man with a dead hand. And they put a question to him, saying, Is it right to make a man well on the Sabbath day? so that they might have something against him. 11  And he said to them, Which of you, having a sheep, if it gets into a hole on the Sabbath day, will not put out a helping hand and get it back? 12  Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! For this reason it is right to do good on the Sabbath day. 13  Then said he to the man, Put out your hand. And he put it out, and it was made as well as the other.

14  But the Pharisees went out and made designs against him, how they might put him to death.

The Chosen Servant

15  And Jesus, having knowledge of this, went away from there, and a great number went after him; and he made them all well, 16  Ordering them not to give people word of him: 17  So that what was said by Isaiah the prophet might come true, 18  See my servant, the man of my selection, my loved one in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him, and he will make my decision clear to the Gentiles. 19  His coming will not be with fighting or loud cries; and his voice will not be lifted up in the streets. 20  The crushed stem will not be broken by him; and the feebly burning light will he not put out, till he has made righteousness overcome all. 21  And in his name will the Gentiles put their hope.

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then they took to him one with an evil spirit, who was blind and had no power of talking: and he made him well so that he had the power of talking and seeing. 23  And all the people were surprised and said, Is not this the Son of David?


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