Matthew 12:12
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New International Version
How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

New Living Translation
And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath."

English Standard Version
Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Berean Study Bible
How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

Berean Literal Bible
How much more valuable therefore is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbaths."

New American Standard Bible
"How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

King James Bible
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man is worth far more than a sheep, so it is lawful to do what is good on the Sabbath."

International Standard Version
How much more is a human being worth than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on Sabbath days."

NET Bible
How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“How much greater is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is legal to do good on the Sabbath.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, a human is more valuable than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the day of worship."

New American Standard 1977
“Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, how much more is a man worth than a sheep? So that it is lawful to do good on the sabbath days.

King James 2000 Bible
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

American King James Version
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Why it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

American Standard Version
How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How much better is a man than a sheep? Therefore it it lawful to do a good deed on the sabbath days.

Darby Bible Translation
How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.

English Revised Version
How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.

Webster's Bible Translation
How much then is a man better than a sheep? wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Weymouth New Testament
Is not a man, however, far superior to a sheep? Therefore it is right to do good on the Sabbath."

World English Bible
Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day."

Young's Literal Translation
How much better, therefore, is a man than a sheep? -- so that it is lawful on the sabbaths to do good.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:9-13 Christ shows that works of mercy are lawful and proper to be done on the Lord's day. There are more ways of doing well upon sabbath days, than by the duties of worship: attending the sick, relieving the poor, helping those who need speedy relief, teaching the young to care for their souls; these are doing good: and these must be done from love and charity, with humility and self-denial, and shall be accepted, Ge 4:7. This, like other cures which Christ wrought, had a spiritual meaning. By nature our hands are withered, and we are unable of ourselves to do any thing that is good. Christ only, by the power of his grace, cures us; he heals the withered hand by putting life into the dead soul, works in us both to will and to do: for, with the command, there is a promise of grace given by the word.
Study Bible
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
11He replied, “If one of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13Then Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and it was restored to full use, just like the other.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:31
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 14:1
One Sabbath, Jesus went to eat in the home of a leading Pharisee, and those in attendance were watching Him closely.
Treasury of Scripture

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