Matthew 12:1-23 New King James Version

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!" 3  But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4  how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5  Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6  Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7  But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8  For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 10  And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--that they might accuse Him. 11  Then He said to them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12  Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13  Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.

14  Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

The Chosen Servant

15  But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16  Yet He warned them not to make Him known, 17  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by 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 will declare justice to the Gentiles. 19  He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. 20  A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; 21  And in His name Gentiles will trust."

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23  And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

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