Luke 6:2
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New International Version
Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"

New Living Translation
But some Pharisees said, "Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?"

English Standard Version
But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”

Berean Study Bible
But some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"

Berean Literal Bible
But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing that which is not lawful on the Sabbaths?"

New American Standard Bible
But some of the Pharisees said, "Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?"

King James Bible
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?"

International Standard Version
Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what isn't lawful on Sabbath days?"

NET Bible
But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?"

New Heart English Bible
But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But some of the Pharisees were saying to them, “Why are you doing what is illegal to do on the Sabbath?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are your disciples doing something that is not right to do on the day of worship?"

New American Standard 1977
But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

King James 2000 Bible
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

American King James Version
And certain of the Pharisees said to them, Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

American Standard Version
But certain of the Pharisees said, Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath day?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And some of the Pharisees said to them: Why do you that which is not lawful on the sabbath days?

Darby Bible Translation
But some of the Pharisees said to them, Why do ye what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?

English Revised Version
But certain of the Pharisees said, Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath day?

Webster's Bible Translation
And certain of the Pharisees said to them, Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath-days?

Weymouth New Testament
And some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what the Law forbids on the Sabbath?"

World English Bible
But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day?"

Young's Literal Translation
and certain of the Pharisees said to them, 'Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbaths?'
Study Bible
The Lord of the Sabbath
1One Sabbath Jesus was passing through the grainfields, and His disciples began to pick the heads of grain, rub them in their hands, and eat them. 2But some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 3Jesus replied, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?…
Cross References
Matthew 12:2
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath."

John 5:10
so the Jews said to the man who was healed, "This is the Sabbath! It is unlawful for you to carry your mat."
Treasury of Scripture

And certain of the Pharisees said to them, Why do you that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

Why.

Luke 6:7-9 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal …

Luke 5:33 And they said to him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and …

Matthew 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, Behold, your disciples …

Matthew 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for …

Matthew 23:23,24 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe …

Mark 2:24 And the Pharisees said to him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath …

John 5:9-11,16 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and …

John 9:14-16 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes…

not.

Exodus 22:10 If a man deliver to his neighbor an donkey, or an ox, or a sheep, …

Exodus 31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, …

Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be …

Numbers 15:32-35 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found …

Isaiah 58:13 If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure …

Verse 2. - And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? It would seem that these Pharisees came from Jerusalem, and were no doubt privately commissioned to watch narrowly the acts of the new Teacher who was beginning to attract such general attention, and who already was openly setting at nought the numberless additions which the Jewish schools had added to the Law. Round the original "sabbath law" of Moses thirty-nine prohibitions had been laid down in the oral law; round these "thirty-nine" a vast number of smaller rules had grouped themselves. Amongst these greater and lesser sabbath restrictions were prohibitions against "reaping and threshing." Now, plucking ears of corn was defined to be a kind of "reaping," and rubbing the ears in the hands a kind of "threshing." "See," cried some of these spying Pharisees, "do thy disciples publicly break the sabbath, and dost thou not rebuke them?" The Lord's reply does not attempt to discuss what was and what was not lawful on the sabbath, but in broad terms he expounds the great doctrine respecting the significance, limits, and purpose of every law relating to outward acts, even in the event of that law having been given by God, which was not the case in the present alleged transgression. How rigidly the stricter Jews some fourteen or fifteen centuries later still kept these strained and exaggerated traditional sabbath-day restrictions, is shown in a curious anecdote of the famous Abarbanel, "when, in 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain, and were forbidden to enter the city of Fez, lest they should cause a famine, they lived on grass; yet even in this state 'religiously avoided the violation of their sabbath by plucking the grass with their hands. To avoid this they took the much more laborious method of grovelling on their knees, and cropping it with their teeth!" And certain of the Pharisees said unto them,.... Unto the disciples. The Evangelists Matthew and Mark say, that they said this to Jesus: no doubt but they said it to both, first to one, and then to the other; probably last of all to Christ, who returned an answer to it:

why do ye that which is not lawful on the sabbath day? as to pluck ears of corn, and rub them, and eat them; See Gill on Matthew 12:2 6:1-5 Christ justifies his disciples in a work of necessity for themselves on the sabbath day, and that was plucking the ears of corn when they were hungry. But we must take heed that we mistake not this liberty for leave to commit sin. Christ will have us to know and remember that it is his day, therefore to be spent in his service, and to his honour.
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