Matthew 12

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the planted fields, and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck the ears of grain and to eat. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, and those that were with him, when he was hungry, 4how he entered into the house of God and ate the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath and are blameless? 6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7But if ye knew what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not condemn the innocent. 8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. 9And when he was departed from there, he went into their synagogue; 10and, behold, there was a man who had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? 12Therefore, how much more is a man worth than a sheep? So that it is lawful to do good on the sabbath days. 13Then he said to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like the other.

14Then the Pharisees went out and took council against him that they might destroy him. 15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there; and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16and strictly charged them that they should not make him known; 17so that it which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, who said, 18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased; I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall declare judgment unto the Gentiles. 19He shall not strive nor cry, neither shall anyone hear his voice in the streets. 20A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoking flax he shall not quench until he sends forth judgment unto victory. 21And in his name shall the Gentiles wait.

22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind, and dumb, and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. 23And all the people were amazed and said, Is not this the son of David? 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out demons but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons. 25And Jesus knew their thoughts and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not remain; 26and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom remain? 27And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28But if I cast out the demons by the Spirit of God, then certainly the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29Or else how can one enter into the strong man’s house and spoil his goods except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30He that is not with me is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters abroad. 31Therefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him, but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the age to come. 33Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things, and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we desire to see a sign from thee. 39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there no sign shall be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah; 40for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41The men of Nineveh shall rise in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. 42The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of the man, it walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44Then it says, I will return into my house from which I came out; and when it is come, it finds it empty, swept, and garnished. 45Then it goes and takes with itself seven other spirits worse than itself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it also be unto this wicked generation.

46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brothers stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in the heavens, the same is my brother and sister and mother.