Bible: Matthew 12:1-14

Lord of the Sabbath

12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on a Sabbath. His 1  disciples were hungry, and they began to pick heads of wheat 2  and eat them. 12:2 But when the Pharisees 3  saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” 12:3 He 4  said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry 12:4 how he entered the house of God and they ate 5  the sacred bread, 6  which was against the law 7  for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 8  12:5 Or have you not read in the law that the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are not guilty? 12:6 I 9  tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 12:7 If 10  you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ 11  you would not have condemned the innocent. 12:8 For the Son of Man is lord 12  of the Sabbath.”

12:9 Then 13  Jesus 14  left that place and entered their synagogue. 15  12:10 A 16  man was there who had a withered 17  hand. And they asked Jesus, 18 Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 19  so that they could accuse him. 12:11 He said to them, “Would not any one of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12:12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 12:13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, 20  as healthy as the other. 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate 21  him.

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