Matthew 12

CHAPTER 12

Jesus is Master of the Sabbath

In that time Jesus went on the Sabbaths through the corn-fields. And his disciples hungered, and they began to pluck ears of corn and to eat. And the Pharisees seeing, said to him, Behold, your disciples do what is not allowed to do on the Sabbath. And he said to them, Did you not read what David did when he hungered and the ones with him? How he entered into the house of God, and the bread loaves of the place setting he ate, which [2not 3allowable 1was] for him to eat, nor to the ones with him, except for the priests alone? Or did you not read in the law, that on the Sabbaths the priests in the temple [2the 3Sabbath 1profane], and they are innocent? But I say to you that [2the 3temple 1a greater than] is here. And if you had known what it is, Mercy I want and not sacrifice; you would not have judged against the innocent. [6master 1For 5is 7of the 8Sabbath 2the 3son 4of man]. And having crossed over from there, he came into their synagogue.

Jesus Heals the Man with the Withered Hand

10 And behold, there was a man [2a hand 1having] withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it allowed on the Sabbaths to cure? that they should charge him. 11  And he said to them, What [2will be 3of 4you 1man] who shall have [2sheep 1one], and if this one should fall on the Sabbaths into a cistern, shall not grab hold of it and raise it? 12 How much then differs a man than a sheep? So that it is allowed [3on the 4Sabbaths 2well 1to do]. 13 Then he says to the man, Stretch out your hand! And he stretched it out, and it was restored in health as the other. 14 And the Pharisees [2council 1took] against him, having gone forth, how they should destroy him. 15  But Jesus having known he withdrew from there. And [3followed 4him 2multitudes 1great], and he cured them all. 16 And he gave reproach to them that [2not 3openly 5him known 1they should 4make], 17 so that should be fulfilled the thing having been spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 18 Behold, my child whom I selected, my beloved for whom [2takes pleasure in 1my soul]; I will put my spirit upon him, and [2judgment 3to the 4nations 1he will report]. 19 He shall not contend nor cry out, nor shall anyone hear [2in 3the 4squares 1his voice]. 20 A reed being broken he shall not break away, and [2flax 1smoldering] he shall not extinguish, until whenever he should cast forth [2into 3victory 1equity]. 21 And in his name nations shall hope. 22 Then was brought to him one being demon-possessed, blind and mute. And he cured him, so as for the blind and mute one even to speak and to see. 23 And [4were amazed 1all 2the 3multitudes] and said, [2not 3this 1Is] the Christ, the son of David?

The Pharisees Question Jesus

24 But the Pharisees having heard, said, This one does not cast out the demons, except by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons. 25 [3knowing 1But 2Jesus] their thinking, said to them, Every kingdom portioned out against itself is made desolate. And every city or house being portioned out against itself shall not be left standing. 26 And if Satan [2Satan 1casts out], [2against 3himself 1he portions]; how then shall [2be left standing 1his kingdom]? 27 And if I by Beelzebul cast out the demons, [2do your sons 1by what means] cast out? On account of this they will be your judges. 28 But if I by spirit of God cast out the demons, surely then came upon you the kingdom of God. 29 Or how is anyone able to enter into the house of a strong man and [2his equipment 1plunder], if not first he ties up the strong man? And then [2his house 1he shall plunder]? 30 The one not being with me [2against 3me 1is], and the one not gathering together with me disperses.

Blasphemy of the Spirit

31 On account of this I say to you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to the men; but the [2of the 3spirit 1blasphemy] shall not be forgiven to the men. 32 And whoever should say a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but the one who should speak against the [2spirit 1holy], it shall not be forgiven him, neither in the present eon, nor in the one about to be. 33 Then make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree rotten, and its fruit rotten! For of the fruit the tree is known. 34 Offspring of vipers, how are you able [2good things 1to speak], being wicked? For from out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man from the good treasury of the heart casts forth the good things; and the wicked man from the wicked treasury casts forth the wicked things. 36 But I say to you that every [2saying 1rough], which ever [2shall speak 1men], they shall render for it a reckoning in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

The Wicked Seek a Sign

38 Then answered some of the scribes and Pharisees, saying, Teacher, we want [3from 4you 2a sign 1to see]. 39 And he answering said to them, A generation wicked and adulterous [2a sign 1seeks anxiously]; and a sign shall not be given it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will [4be 1the 2son 3of man] in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 Ninevite men shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, for they repented at the proclamation of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43 But whenever the unclean spirit should go forth from the man, it goes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find. 44 Then it says, I will return unto my house from where I came forth. And having come it finds relaxing, being swept, and being adorned. 45 Then it goes and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than itself. And entering it dwells there; and becomes the last of that man worse than the first. So it will be also to [3generation 1this 2evil].

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

46 And yet of his speaking to the multitudes, behold, the mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him. 47 And said a certain one to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside standing, seeking to speak to you. 48 And he responding said to the one speaking to him, Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? 49 And stretching out his hand unto his disciples, he said, Behold, my mother and my brothers. 50 For who ever should do the will of my father, of the one in heavens, he [2my 3brother 4and 5sister 6and 7mother 1is].
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