Matthew 12:1-23 Revised Standard Version

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

12 1  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath." 3  He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4  how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it 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 how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? 6  I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7  And 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 of the sabbath."

The Man with a Withered Hand

9  And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue. 10  And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him. 11  He said to them, "What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12  Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath." 13  Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.

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

The Chosen Servant

15  Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all, 16  and ordered them not to make him known. 17  This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18  "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with 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 wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets; 20  he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory; 21  and in his name will the Gentiles hope."

A Divided House Cannot Stand

22  Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23  And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"

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