bm Matt 13:22, 39; Mark 10:30; Luke 16:8; 18:30; 20:34, 35; Eph 1:21; 1 Tim 6:17; 2 Tim 4:10; Titus 2:12; Heb 6:5
Sabbath Questions1 a At that ▼
▼ Or occasiontime Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to c pick the heads of grain and eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what d is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, 4 how he entered the house of God, and e they ate the ▼
▼ Or showbread; lit loaves of presentationconsecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? 5 “Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple ▼
▼ Or profanebreak the Sabbath and are innocent? 6 “But I say to you that something h greater than the temple is here. 7 “But if you had known what this ▼
▼ Lit ismeans, ‘ j I desire ▼
▼ Or mercycompassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Lord of the Sabbath8 “For l the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 9 m Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned ▼
▼ Lit HimJesus, 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 youis there among you who ▼
▼ Lit will havehas 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 wellgood 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 healthnormal, 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 knowingaware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and z He healed them all, 16 and aa warned them not to ▼
▼ Lit make Him knowntell who He was. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: 18 ac “Behold, My ▼
▼ Lit ChildServant whom I ▼
▼ Lit chosehave chosen;
af My Beloved in whom My soul ▼
▼ Or took pleasureis well- pleased;
ah I will put My Spirit upon Him,
ai And He shall proclaim ▼
▼ Or judgmentjustice to the ▼
▼ Or nationsGentiles.
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 forthleads ▼
▼ Or judgmentjustice to victory.
21 ap “And in His name the ▼
▼ Or nationsGentiles will hope.”
The Pharisees Rebuked22 ar Then a as demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to ▼
▼ Lit HimJesus, 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 demonsBeelzebul 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 Everyany city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 “If bb Satan casts out Satan, he ▼
▼ Lit wasis divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27 “If I bd by ▼
▼ V 24, note 1Beelzebul 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 Sin30 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 ▼ speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever ▼ speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in bm this age or in the age to come.
Words Reveal Character33 “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 thingswhat 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 thingswhat is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure ▼
▼ Lit evil thingswhat is evil. 36 “But I tell you that every ▼
▼ Or uselesscareless word that people ▼ speak, they shall give an accounting for it in bw the day of judgment. 37 “For ▼
▼ Or in accordance withby your words you will be justified, and ▼
▼ Or in accordance withby your words you will be condemned.”
The Desire for Signs38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher bz we want to see a ▼ sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, cb “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a ▼ sign; and yet no ▼ sign will be given to it but the ▼ 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 Relationships46 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 mss48 But ▼
▼ Lit HeJesus 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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