Matthew 12:1-23 New American Standard Bible

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 1  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath , and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat . 2  But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look , Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath ." 3  But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he became hungry , he and his companions e , 4  how he entered the house of God , and they ate the consecrated bread , which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone ? 5  "Or have you not read in the Law , that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent ? 6  "But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here . 7  "But if you had known what this means , ' I DESIRE COMPASSION , AND NOT A SACRIFICE ,' you would not have condemned the innocent . 8  "For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath ."

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  Departing from there , He went into their synagogue . 10  And a man was there whose hand was withered . And they questioned Jesus, asking , " Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath ?"-so that they might accuse Him. 11  And He said to them, " What man is there among you who has a sheep , and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath , will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12  " How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep ! So then , it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath ." 13  Then He said to the man , "Stretch out your hand !" He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal , like the other .

14  But the Pharisees went out and conspired e against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

The Chosen Servant

15  But Jesus , aware of this, withdrew from there . Many followed Him, and He healed them all , 16  and warned them not to tell who He was. 17  This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet : 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 PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES . 19  " HE WILL NOT QUARREL , NOR CRY OUT; NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS . 20  " A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY . 21  " AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE ."

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw . 23  All the crowds were amazed , and were saying , "This man cannot be the Son of David , can he?"

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