Matthew 12
King James 2000

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grain field; 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, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

3But he said unto them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him;

4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them who were with him, but only for the priests?

5Or have you 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 you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Doing Good on the Sabbath

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 fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

13Then he said to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like the other.

14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Jesus Is God's Chosen Servant

15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16And charged them that they should not make him known:

17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,

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 show justice to the Gentiles.

19He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he sends forth justice unto victory.

21And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

A House Divided Cannot Stand

22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, so 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 stand:

26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29Or else how can one enter into a 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 gathers not with me scatters abroad.

The Unpardonable Sin

31Therefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy 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 world, nor in the world to come.

Actions Show Goodness

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 you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an 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 your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

Evil People Seek a Sign

38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Teacher, we would see a sign from you.

39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:

40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; 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 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.

A Returning Unclean Spirit Is Worse

43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

44Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

45Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Jesus' Mother and Brothers Seek Him

46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him.

47Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to speak with you.

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 heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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