Chapter 12Matthew

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1 At that :season :Jesus went on the sabbaths through the grainfields; and his :disciples hungered, and began to pluck ears and eat. 2 But the Pharisees, seeing it, said to him, Lo, thy :disciples do what it is not lawful to do on a sabbath. 3 But he said to them, Have ye not read what David did, when he hungered, and they with him; 4 how he entered into the house of :God, and they ate the :show-loaves, which it was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those with him, but for the priests alone? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? 6 But I say unto you, that aught greater than the temple is here. 7 But had ye known what is, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of :man is lord of the sabbath. 9 And he departed thence, and went into their :synagogue: 10 and lo, a man having a hand withered. And they asked him, saying, If it is lawful to heal on the sabbaths? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said to them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do good on the sabbath. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy :hand. And he stretched forth; and it was restored whole, as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him. 15 And :Jesus perceiving it withdrew thence: and many followed him; and he healed all, 16 and charged them that they make him not known: 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
 
18 Lo, my :servant whom I have chosen;
My :beloved toward whom my :soul is well pleased:
I will put my :Spirit upon him,
And he shall declare judgment to the nations,
19 He shall not strive, nor cry aloud;
Neither shall anyone hear his :voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break,
And smoking flax shall he not quench,
Till he send forth the judgment unto victory.
21 And in his :name shall nations hope.
22 Then they brought to him a demoniac, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb spake and saw. 23 And all the crowds were amazed, and said, Is this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out :demons but by :Beelzebul, prince of the demons. 25 And knowing their :thoughts he said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 and if :Satan casteth out :Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his :kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebul cast out the demons, your :sons, by whom do they cast out? therefore shall THEY be your judges. 28 But if I by God’s Spirit cast out the demons, then is the kingdom of :God come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong, and spoil his :goods, except he first bind the strong? and then he will despoil his :house. 30 Who is not with me is against me; and who gathereth not with me scattereth. 31 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto :men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 And whoso shall speak a word against the Son of :man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoso shall speak against the Holy :Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this :age, nor in the one to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and its :fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its :fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by the fruit. 34 Offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 The good man out of the good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that :men shall speak, they shall give account thereof on judgment day. 37 For by thy :words thou shalt be justified, and by thy :words thou shalt be condemned.

38 Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous †generation seeketh a sign; and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet: 40 for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the †whale; so shall the Son of :man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The Ninevites shall stand up in the judgment with this :generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and lo, more than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this :generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, more than Solomon is here. 43 But when the unclean spirit is gone out of the man, he passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my :house whence I came out; and he cometh and findeth it empty and swept and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that :man becometh worse than the first. So shall it be also to this :evil :generation.

46 While he was yet speaking to the crowds, lo, his :mother and his :brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him. 47 And one said to him, Lo, thy :mother and thy :brethren stand without, seeking to speak to thee. 48 But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my :mother? and who are my :brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his :hand over his disciples, and said, Lo, my :mother and my :brethren! 50 For whoever shall do the will of my :Father who is in the heavens, HE is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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