Matthew 12

Sabbath Questions

a At that
Or occasion
time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to c pick the heads of grain and eat.
But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what d is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.” But He said to them, Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and e they ate the
Or showbread; lit loaves of presentation
consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?
Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple
Or profane
break the Sabbath and are innocent?
But I say to you that something h greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this
Lit is
means, ‘ j I desire
Or mercy
compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Lord of the Sabbath

“For l the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

m Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned
Lit Him
Jesus, asking o Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.
11 And He said to them, p What man
Lit will be from you
is there among you who
Lit will have
has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?
12  s How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do
Lit well
good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then He said to the man, Stretch out your hand!” u He stretched it out, and it was restored to
Lit health
normal, like the other.
14 But the Pharisees went out and
Lit took counsel
x conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

15 But Jesus
Lit knowing
aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and z He healed them all,
16 and aa warned them not to
Lit make Him known
tell who He was.
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: 18  ac Behold, My
Lit Child
Servant whom I
Lit chose
have chosen;
af  My Beloved in whom My soul
Or took pleasure
is well- pleased;
ah I will put My Spirit upon Him,
ai  And He shall proclaim
Or judgment
justice to the
Or nations
19  al He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20  am “A battered reed He will not break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He
Or puts forth
Or judgment
justice to victory.
21  ap And in His name the
Or nations
Gentiles will hope.”

The Pharisees Rebuked

22  ar Then a as demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to
Lit Him
Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.
23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the au Son of David, can he?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man av casts out demons only by
Or Beezebul; i.e. ruler of demons
Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

25  ax And ay knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them,
Lit Every
Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and
Lit Every
any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 If bb Satan casts out Satan, he
Lit was
is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27 If I bd by
V 24, note 1
Beelzebul cast out demons, bf by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
28 “But bg if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

The Unpardonable Sin

30  bh He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

31  bi Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32  bj Whoever
Lit will speak
speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever
Lit will speak
speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in bm this age or in the age to come.

Words Reveal Character

33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for bn the tree is known by its fruit. 34  bo You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak
Lit good things
what is good? bq For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
35  br The good man brings out of his good treasure
Lit good things
what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure
Lit evil things
what is evil.
36 But I tell you that every
Or useless
careless word that people
Lit will speak
speak, they shall give an accounting for it in bw the day of judgment.
37 “For
Or in accordance with
by your words you will be justified, and
Or in accordance with
by your words you will be condemned.”

The Desire for Signs

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher bz we want to see a
I.e. attesting miracle
sign from You.”
39 But He answered and said to them, cb An evil and adulterous generation craves for a
I.e. attesting miracle
sign; and yet no
I.e. attesting miracle
sign will be given to it but the
I.e. attesting miracle
sign of Jonah the prophet;
40 for just as cf  Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will cg the Son of Man be ch three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41  ci The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because cj they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold ck something greater than Jonah is here. 42  cl The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold cm something greater than Solomon is here.

43  cn Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and co the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

Changed Relationships

46  cp While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His cq mother and cr brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.”
This verse is not found in early mss
48 But
Lit He
Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, Behold My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
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