Luke 6:1-26 Bible in Basic English

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

6 1  Now it came about that on the Sabbath he was going through the fields of grain, and his disciples took the heads of the grain for food, crushing them in their hands. 2  But some of the Pharisees said, Why do you do what it is not right to do on the Sabbath? 3  And Jesus said, Have you not seen in the Writings what David did when he was in need of food, he, and those who were with him; 4  How he went into the house of God and took for food the holy bread, which only the priests may take, and gave it to those who were with him? 5  And he said, The Son of man is lord even of the Sabbath.

The Man with a Withered Hand

6  And it came about, on another Sabbath, that he went into the Synagogue and was teaching there. And a man was there whose right hand was dead. 7  And the scribes and Pharisees were watching him to see if he would make him well on the Sabbath, so that they might be able to say something against him. 8  But he had knowledge of their thoughts; and he said to the man whose hand was dead, Get up and come into the middle. And he got up and came forward. 9  And Jesus said, I put the question to you, Is it right to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil? to give life or to take it away? 10  And looking round on all of them, he said to him, Put out your hand. And he did so: and his hand was made well. 11  But they were full of wrath, and were talking together about what they might do to Jesus.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve

12  And it came about in those days that he went out to the mountain for prayer; and he was all night in prayer to God. 13  And the day came and, turning to his disciples, he made a selection from among them of twelve, to whom he gave the name of Apostles; 14  Simon, to whom he gave the name of Peter, and Andrew, his brother, and James and John and Philip and Bartholomew 15  And Matthew and Thomas and James, the son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was named the Zealot, 16  And Judas, the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, he who was false to him.

Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude

17  And he came down with them to a level place, and a great band of his disciples, and a very great number of people from all Judaea and Jerusalem and from the parts of Tyre and Sidon by the sea, came to give hearing to him, and to be made well from their diseases; 18  And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were made well. 19  And all the people were desiring to be touched by him, for power came from him and made them all well.

Blessings and Woes

20  And turning his eyes to his disciples he said, Happy are you who are poor: for the kingdom of God is yours. 21  Happy are you who are in need of food now: for you will be made full. Happy are you who are weeping now; for you will be glad. 22  Happy are you, when men have hate for you, and put you away from among them and say angry words to you, turning away in disgust at your name, because of the Son of man. 23  Be glad in that day, and be lifted up for joy, for your reward in heaven will be great: for their fathers did these same things to the prophets. 24  But unhappy are you who have wealth: for you have been comforted now. 25  Unhappy are you who are full of food now: for you will be in need. Unhappy are you who are laughing now: for you will be crying in sorrow. 26  Unhappy are you when all men give you their approval: for so their fathers did to the false prophets.


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