Matthew 12

At that time Jesus, on the sabbath, walked in the tillage grounds: and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw them, they said to him: See; thy disciples are doing that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath. But he said to them, Have ye not read what David did when he was hungry, and they that were with him? How he went to the house of God, and ate the bread of the Lord's table; which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for them that were with him, but solely for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that in the temple the priests profane the sabbath, and are without fault? But I say to you, that a greater than the temple is here. And if ye had known what that is, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; ye would not have criminated them who are without fault. For the Son of man, is lord of the sabbath. And Jesus went from there, and came to their synagogue. 10 And a man was there, whose hand was withered. And they questioned him and said, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? that they might defame him. 11 And he said to them, What man among you is there, who, if he have a sheep, and it fall into a pit on the day of the sabbath, doth not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 Now, how much better is a human being than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do what is good, on the sabbath. 13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched out his hand; and it was restored, and like the other. 14 And the Pharisees went out and held a consultation against him, that they might destroy him. 15 But Jesus knew it; and he retired from there. And great multitudes followed him: and he cured them all. 16 And he charged them not to make him known: 17 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, saying: 18 Behold my servant, in whom I have complacency; my beloved, in whom my soul delighteth. I will put my spirit upon him; and he shall proclaim judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not contend, nor be clamorous, nor shall any one hear his voice in the market-place. 20 The crushed reed he will not break; and the flickering lamp he will not extinguish; until he bring judgment to be victorious. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. 22 Then they brought to him a demoniac that was dumb and blind; and he healed him, so that the dumb and blind man both talked and saw. 23 And all the multitude were amazed, and said: Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said: This man doth not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub the prince of demons. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: Every kingdom that is divided against itself, will become desolate; and every house or city which is divided against itself, will not stand. 26 Now if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then doth his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Wherefore they will be your judges. 28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, the kingdom of God hath come near to you. 29 Or how can one enter the house of a strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? and then he may plunder his house. 30 He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me actually scattereth. 31 Therefore I say to you, that all sins and contumelies shall be forgiven to men; but the contumely which is against the Spirit, shall not be forgiven to men. 32 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him: but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him; not in this world, and not in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and its fruits good; or make the tree bad, and its fruits bad: for a tree is known by its fruits. 34 Offspring of vipers, how can ye who are evil, speak good things? For out of the fullnesses of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of good treasures bringeth forth good things, and a bad man out of bad treasures bringeth forth bad things. 36 For I say to you, That for every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified; and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 38 Then answered some of the Scribes and of the Pharisees, and said to him: Teacher, we wish to see from thee a sign. 39 But he replied and said to them: A wicked and adulterous generation demandeth a sign: but a sign will not be given to it, unless it be the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights; so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 The people of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and lo, a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south will stand up in the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it: for she came from the extremities of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, a superior to Solomon is here. 43 And when an unclean spirit goeth out of a man, it wandereth in places where is no water, and seeketh comfort and findeth it not. 44 Then it saith: I will return to my house, from which I came out. And it cometh, and findeth it vacated, and swept clean, and set in order. 45 So it goeth and taketh with it seven other spirits, worse than itself, and they enter and dwell in it; and the end of that man is worse than his beginning. So will it be to this evil generation. 46 And while he was discoursing to the multitudes, his mother and his brothers came and stood with out, and sought to speak with him. 47 And a person said to him: Lo, thy mother and thy brothers stand without, and seek to speak with thee. 48 But he replied, and said to him that informed him: Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? 49 And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said: Behold my mother, and behold my brothers! 50 For every one that doeth the good pleasure of my Father who is in heaven, that person is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.
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