Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath1At that time aJesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and bthey began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him c“Look, your disciples are doing dwhat is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3He said to them, e“Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4how he entered the house of God and ate fthe 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? 5Or have you not read gin the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6I tell you hsomething greater than the temple is here. 7And if you had known iwhat this means j‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8For kthe Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
A Man with a Withered Hand9He went on from there and lentered their synagogue. 10And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him m“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”— nso that they might accuse him. 11He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep oif it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 pOf how much more value is a man than a sheep! So qit is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And rthe man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
God’s Chosen Servant15Jesus, aware of this, swithdrew from there. And tmany followed him, and he healed them all 16and uordered them not to make him known. 17 vThis was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 w“Behold, my xservant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
yI will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
20a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
21 zand in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit22 aaThen a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 abAnd all the people were amazed, and said ac“Can this be the Son of David?” 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said ad“It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 aeKnowing their thoughts afhe said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul agby whom do ahyour sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28But if it is aiby the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then ajthe kingdom of God has come upon you. 29Or akhow can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed alhe may plunder his house. 30 amWhoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 anTherefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but aothe blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32And whoever speaks a word apagainst the Son of Man aqwill be forgiven, but arwhoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in asthis age or in the age to come.
A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit33 at“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad aufor the tree is known by its fruit. 34 avYou brood of vipers! How can you speak good awwhen you are evil? axFor out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 ayThe good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36I tell you azon the day of judgment bapeople will give account for bbevery careless word they speak, 37for bcby your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The Sign of Jonah38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher bdwe wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them, be“An evil and bfadulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For bgjust as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish bhso will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 biThe men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and bjcondemn it, for bkthey repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold blsomething greater than Jonah is here. 42 bmThe queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold bnsomething greater than Solomon is here.
Return of an Unclean Spirit43“When bothe unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through bpwaterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and bqthe last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this brevil generation.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers46While he was still speaking to the people, behold bshis mother and his btbrothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. ▼
▼Some manuscripts insert verse 47: Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you”48But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For bvwhoever bwdoes the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
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