Lord of the Sabbath1 On a Sabbath ▼
▼Other mss read a second-first Sabbath; perhaps a special SabbathHe passed through the grainfields. b His disciples were picking heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. 2 But some of the ▼
▼Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral lawPharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 3 Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David and those who were with him did when he was hungry – 4 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the ▼
▼sacred bread: Literally bread of presentation; 12 loaves, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, put on the table in the holy place in the tabernacle, and later in the temple. The priests ate the previous week's loaves; Ex 25:30; 29:32; Lv 24:5-9.sacred bread, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat? e He even gave some to those who were with him.” f 5 Then He told them, “The ▼
▼Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
The Man with the Paralyzed Hand6 On another Sabbath h He entered the ▼
▼synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scripturessynagogue and was teaching. A man was there whose right hand was paralyzed. 7 The ▼
▼scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal casesscribes and Pharisees were watching Him closely, k to see if He would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a charge against Him. l 8 But He knew their thoughts m and told the man with the paralyzed hand, “Get up and stand here.” ▼
▼Lit stand in the middleSo he got up and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do what is good or to do what is evil, to save life or to destroy it?” o 10After looking around at them all, p He told him, “Stretch out your hand.” q He did so, and his hand was restored. ▼
▼Other mss add as sound as the other11 They, however, were filled with rage and started discussing with one another what they might do to Jesus.
The 12 Apostles12 During those days He went out to the mountain to pray s and spent all night in prayer to God. 13 When daylight came, He summoned His disciples t and He chose 12 of them – He also named them apostles: u 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter,
and Andrew his brother;
James and John;
Philip and Bartholomew;
15 Matthew and Thomas; v
James the son of Alphaeus,
and Simon called the Zealot;
16 Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Teaching and Healing17 After coming down with them, He stood on a level place with a large crowd of His disciples and a great number of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. w 18They came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by ▼
▼unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.unclean spirits were made well. 19 The whole crowd was trying to touch Him y because power was coming out from Him and healing them all. z
The Beatitudes20 Then looking up at ▼
▼Lit Then lifting up His eyes toHis disciples, He said: abYou who are poor are blessed,
because the kingdom of God is yours.
21You who are now hungry are blessed,
because you will be filled.
You who now weep are blessed,
because you will laugh.
22You are blessed when people hate you,
when they exclude you ac insult you,
and slander your name as evil ad
because of the Son of Man. ae
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note – your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets. af
Woe to the Self-Satisfied24 But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are now full,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you ▼
▼Other mss omit to youwho are now laughing,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you ▼
▼Other mss omit to you
when all people speak well of you,
for this is the way their ancestors
used to treat the false prophets. ai
Love Your Enemies27 “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. aj 29If anyone hits you on the cheek, ak offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. 31Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them. al 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. am 33 If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? an Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. ao For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. ap
Do Not Judge37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. aq Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. ar 38 Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over – will be poured into your lap. as For with the measure you use, ▼
▼Lit you measureit will be measured back to you.” au 39He also told them a parable: “Can the blind guide the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit? av 40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. aw 41 “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? 42Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself don’t see the log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck in your brother’s eye.
A Tree and Its Fruit43“A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. ax 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
The Two Foundations46 “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? ay 47I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: az 48He is like a man building a house, who dug deep ▼
▼Lit dug and went deepand laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!” bb
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