Mark 3:2
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New International Version
Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.

New Living Translation
Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus' enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man's hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

English Standard Version
And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.

New American Standard Bible
They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

King James Bible
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In order to accuse Him, they were watching Him closely to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath.

International Standard Version
The people watched Jesus closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, intending to accuse him of doing something wrong.

NET Bible
They watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they could accuse him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were watching him, so that if he would heal him on the Sabbath, they might accuse him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people were watching Jesus closely. They wanted to see whether he would heal the man on the day of worship so that they could accuse him of doing something wrong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day, that they might accuse him.

King James 2000 Bible
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

American King James Version
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

American Standard Version
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days; that they might accuse him.

Darby Bible Translation
And they watched him if he would heal him on the sabbath, that they might accuse him.

English Revised Version
And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath; that they might accuse him.

Weymouth New Testament
They closely watched Him to see whether He would cure him on the Sabbath--so as to have a charge to bring against Him.

World English Bible
They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were watching him, whether on the sabbaths he will heal him, that they might accuse him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-5 This man's case was piteous; he had a withered hand, which disabled him from working for his living; and those that are so, are the most proper objects of charity. Let those be helped that cannot help themselves. But stubborn infidels, when they can say nothing against the truth, yet will not yield. We hear what is said amiss, and see what is done amiss; but Christ looks at the root of bitterness in the heart, the blindness and hardness of that, and is grieved. Let hard-hearted sinners tremble to think of the anger with which he will look upon them shortly, when the day of his wrath comes. The great healing day now is the sabbath, and the healing place the house of prayer; but the healing power is of Christ. The gospel command is like that recorded here: though our hands are withered, yet, if we will not stretch them out, it is our own fault that we are not healed. But if we are healed, Christ, his power and grace, must have all the glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The scribes had already the evidence that our Lord had permitted his disciples to rub the ears of corn on the sabbath day. But this was the act of the disciple, not his. What he was now preparing to do was an act of miraculous power. And here the ease was stronger, because work, which was prohibited under pain of death by the Law (Exodus 31:14), was understood to include every act not absolutely necessary.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they watched him,.... The ruler of the synagogue, and the principal men in it; particularly the Scribes and Pharisees, who followed him wherever he went; they observed him diligently, and kept their eyes upon him; this lame man being in the synagogue, to see

whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; which, knowing his readiness to do good, they might expect he would:

that they might accuse him; as they had accused his disciples before, of the violation of the sabbath: according to the Evangelist Matthew, they put a question to him, whether it was lawful to heal on the sabbath day? with this view, that they might, one way or another, have something to accuse him of, either to the people, or to the sanhedrim; See Gill on Matthew 12:10.



Mark 3:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
1He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. 2They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3He said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and come forward!"…
Cross References
Matthew 12:10
and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

Mark 3:3
Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."

Luke 6:7
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.

Luke 11:54
waiting to catch him in something he might say.

Luke 14:1
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

Luke 20:20
Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.

John 8:6
They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
Treasury of Scripture

And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Isaiah 29:20,21 For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is consumed, …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel …

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

Luke 11:53,54 And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees …

Luke 14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief …

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because …

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