Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath1 a Now it happened that He was passing through some grainfields on a Sabbath; and His disciples b were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what c is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 3 And Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read d what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, 4 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the ▼
▼ Or showbread; lit loaves of presentationconsecrated bread which f is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” 5 And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 6 g On another Sabbath He entered h the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there ▼
▼ Lit and hiswhose right hand was withered. 7 The scribes and the Pharisees j were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. 8 But He k knew ▼
▼ Lit their thoughtswhat they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and ▼
▼ Lit stand into the middlecome forward!” And he got up and ▼
▼ Lit stoodcame forward. 9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10 After o looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. 11 But they themselves were filled with ▼
▼ Lit follyrage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Choosing the Twelve12 It was ▼
▼ Lit in these daysat this time that He went off to r the mountain to s pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13 And when day came t He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as u apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and ▼
▼ Or Jacob, also vv 15 and 16James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15 and w Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 Jesus x came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was y a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of z Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. 19 And all the ▼
▼ Lit crowdpeople were trying to ab touch Him, for ac power was coming from Him and healing them all.
The Beatitudes20 And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, ad “Blessed are ▼
▼ Lit theyou who are poor, for af yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are ▼
▼ Lit theyou who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 ah “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ai ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. 23 “Be glad in that day and aj leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For ak in the same way their fathers used to ▼
▼ Lit do totreat the prophets. 24 “But woe to am you who are rich, for an you are receiving your comfort in full. 25 “Woe to you who ▼
▼ Lit having been filledare well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26 “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to ▼
▼ Lit do totreat the aq false prophets in the same way. 27 “But I say to you who hear, ar love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, as pray for those who ▼
▼ Or revilemistreat you. 29 au “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your ▼
▼ I.e. outer garmentcoat, do not withhold your ▼
▼ Or tunic; i.e. garment worn next to bodyshirt from him either. 30 “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 ▼
▼ Lit Do to, ay “Treat others the same way you want ▼
▼ Lit peoplethem to treat you. 32 ba “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 bb “If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 “But bc love your enemies, and do good, and lend, ▼
▼ Or not despairing at allexpecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be be sons of bf the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 ▼
▼ Or Become“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 bh “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; ▼
▼ Lit release, bj pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will ▼
▼ Lit givepour bl into your lap a bm good measure— pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” 39 And He also spoke a parable to them: bn “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 bo “A ▼
▼ Or disciplepupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will ▼
▼ Or reach his teacher’s levelbe like his teacher. 41 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. 43 br “For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor ▼
▼ Lit againon the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. 44 bt “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. 45 bu “The good man out of the good ▼
▼ Or treasury, storehousetreasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; bw for his mouth speaks from ▼
▼ Lit the abundance ofthat which fills his heart.
Builders and Foundations46 by “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 bz “Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and ▼
▼ Lit doesacts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who ▼
▼ Lit dug and went deepdug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the ▼
▼ Lit rivertorrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 “But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the ▼
▼ Lit rivertorrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
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