GOD’S WORD Translation

Matthew 12:1–12

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Jesus Has Authority Over the Day of WorshipMark 2:23–28; Luke 6:1–5

Then on a day of worship Jesus walked through the grainfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain to eat.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing something that is not right to do on the day of worship.”

Jesus asked them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his men were hungry? Haven’t you read how he went into the house of God and atea the bread of the presence? He and his men had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right. Or haven’t you read in Moses’ Teachings that on the day of worship the priests in the temple do things they shouldn’t on the day of worship yet remain innocent? I can guarantee that somethingb greater than the temple is here. If you had known what ‘I want mercy, not sacrifices’ means, you would not have condemned innocent people.

“The Son of Man has authority over the day of worship.”

Jesus Heals on the Day of WorshipMark 3:1–6; Luke 6:6–11

Jesus moved on from there and went into a synagogue. 10 A man with a paralyzed hand was there. The people asked Jesus whether it was right to heal on a day of worship so that they could accuse him of doing something wrong.

11 Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you has a sheep. If it falls into a pit on a day of worship, wouldn’t you take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Certainly, a human is more valuable than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the day of worship.”

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12:4 Some manuscripts and translations read “they ate.”


12:6 Some manuscripts and translations read “someone.”