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Matthew 12 1 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off heads of wheat and eating the grain.
Matthew 12 2 Some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, "Your disciples shouldn't be doing that! It's against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath."
Matthew 12 3 But Jesus said to them, "Haven't you ever read in the Scriptures what King David did when he and his companions were hungry?
Matthew 12 4 He went into the house of God, and they ate the special bread reserved for the priests alone. That was breaking the law, too.
Matthew 12 5 And haven't you ever read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?
Matthew 12 6 I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!
Matthew 12 7 But you would not have condemned those who aren't guilty if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices.'
Matthew 12 8 For I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath."
Matthew 12 9 Then he went over to the synagogue,
Matthew 12 10 where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, "Is it legal to work by healing on the Sabbath day?" (They were, of course, hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)
Matthew 12 11 And he answered, "If you had one sheep, and it fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn't you get to work and pull it out? Of course you would.
Matthew 12 12 And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, it is right to do good on the Sabbath."
Matthew 12 13 Then he said to the man, "Reach out your hand." The man reached out his hand, and it became normal, just like the other one.
Matthew 12 14 Then the Pharisees called a meeting and discussed plans for killing Jesus.
Matthew 12 15 But Jesus knew what they were planning. He left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them,
Matthew 12 16 but he warned them not to say who he was.
Matthew 12 17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:
Matthew 12 18 "Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, and I am very pleased with him. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
Matthew 12 19 He will not fight or shout; he will not raise his voice in public.
Matthew 12 20 He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory.
Matthew 12 21 And his name will be the hope of all the world."
Matthew 12 22 Then a demon-possessed man, who was both blind and unable to talk, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see.
Matthew 12 23 The crowd was amazed. "Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?" they wondered out loud.
Matthew 12 24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, "No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons."
Matthew 12 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, "Any kingdom at war with itself is doomed. A city or home divided against itself is doomed.
Matthew 12 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive.
Matthew 12 27 And if I am empowered by the prince of demons, what about your own followers? They cast out demons, too, so they will judge you for what you have said.
Matthew 12 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.
Matthew 12 29 Let me illustrate this. You can't enter a strong man's house and rob him without first tying him up. Only then can his house be robbed!
Matthew 12 30 Anyone who isn't helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me.
Matthew 12 31 "Every sin or blasphemy can be forgiven--except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which can never be forgiven.
Matthew 12 32 Anyone who blasphemes against me, the Son of Man, can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.
Matthew 12 33 "A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad.
Matthew 12 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
Matthew 12 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart.
Matthew 12 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak.
Matthew 12 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned."
Matthew 12 38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove that you are from God."
Matthew 12 39 But Jesus replied, "Only an evil, faithless generation would ask for a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.
Matthew 12 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so I, the Son of Man, will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
Matthew 12 41 The people of Nineveh will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here--and you refuse to repent.
Matthew 12 42 The queen of Sheba will also rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And now someone greater than Solomon is here--and you refuse to listen to him.
Matthew 12 43 "When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.
Matthew 12 44 Then it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and clean.
Matthew 12 45 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation."
Matthew 12 46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers were outside, wanting to talk with him.
Matthew 12 47 Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you."
Matthew 12 48 Jesus asked, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"
Matthew 12 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, "These are my mother and brothers.
Matthew 12 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!"