Jesus Defends His Disciples
Interwoven Gospels

Now it came to pass, in that season, Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry and began to pluck the heads of grain and to eat, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees, seeing it, said, "Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?" And they said to Him, "Behold, Thy disciples are doing that which it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath."

But Jesus, answering, said to them, "Have ye not read even this that David did when he had need and was hungry, himself and those with him: how he entered into the house of God, when Abiathar was high-priest, and took and ate the shewbread, and gave also to those with him; which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but for the priests only?

"Or have ye not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are guiltless? But 1 say to you, that a Greater than the temple is here. But if ye had known what this meaneth, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice', ye would not have condemned the guiltless."

And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: therefore, the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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