Matthew 12:1–12

Lord of the Sabbath

12 At that time Jesus passed through the grainfields on the Sabbath. x His disciples y were hungry and began to pick and eat some heads of grain. But when the * Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful z to do on the Sabbath!”

He said to them, Haven’t you read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungryhow he entered the house of God, and they ate a the * sacred bread, which is not lawful for him or for those with him to eat, but only for the priests? b Or haven’t you read in the Law c that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent? d But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here! e If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, f g you would not have condemned the innocent. For the * Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” h

The Man with the Paralyzed Hand

Moving on from there, He entered their * synagogue. i 10 There He saw a man who had a paralyzed hand. And in order to accuse Him they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” j

11 But He said to them, What man among you, if he had a sheep k that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn’t take hold of it and lift it out? l 12 A man is worth far more than a sheep, m so it is lawful to do what is good on the Sabbath.”

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