Mark 2:27
New International Version
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus declared, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Berean Literal Bible
And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made on account of the man, and not the man on account of the Sabbath.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

King James Bible
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Christian Standard Bible
Then he told them, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus finished by saying, "People were not made for the good of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for the good of people.

Good News Translation
And Jesus concluded, "The Sabbath was made for the good of human beings; they were not made for the Sabbath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He told them, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.

International Standard Version
Then he told them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.

NET Bible
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.

New Heart English Bible
And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was created for the sake of man and not man for the sake of the Sabbath.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he added, "The day of worship was made for people, not people for the day of worship.

New American Standard 1977
And He was saying to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath;

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

American King James Version
And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, The sabbath was made on account of man, not man on account of the sabbath;

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Weymouth New Testament
And Jesus said to them: "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath;

World English Bible
He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Young's Literal Translation
And he said to them, 'The sabbath for man was made, not man for the sabbath,
Study Bible
The Lord of the Sabbath
26During the high priesthood of Abiathar, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which was lawful only for the priests. And he gave some to his companions as well.” 27Then Jesus told them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”…
Cross References
Exodus 23:12
For six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you must cease, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your maidservant may be refreshed, as well as the foreign resident.

Deuteronomy 5:12
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you.

Deuteronomy 5:14
but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God, on which you must not do any work--neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox or donkey or any of your livestock, nor the foreigner within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest as you do.

Mark 2:28
Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

Colossians 2:16
Therefore let no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath.

Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Exodus 23:12
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

Nehemiah 9:13,14
Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: …







Lexicon
Then
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[Jesus] told
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

them,
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“The
Τὸ (To)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Sabbath
σάββατον (sabbaton)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4521: The Sabbath, a week.

was made
ἐγένετο (egeneto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

for
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

man,
ἄνθρωπον (anthrōpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

not
οὐχ (ouch)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

man
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

for
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Sabbath.
σάββατον (sabbaton)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4521: The Sabbath, a week.
Verse 27. - The sabbath was instituted for the benefit of man, that he might refresh and renew his body, fatigued and worn by six days' labour, with the restful calm of the seventh; and that he might have leisure to apply his mind to the things which concern his everlasting salvation; to consider and meditate upon the Law of God; and rouse himself, by the remembrance of the Divine greatness and goodness, to true repentance, to gratitude, and to love. The force of the argument is this: The sabbath was made on account of man, not man on account of the sabbath. The sabbath, great and important as that institution is, is subordinate to man. If, then, the absolute rest of the sabbath becomes hurtful to man, a new departure must be taken, and some amount of labour must be undergone, that man may be benefited. Therefore was Christ justified in permitting to his disciples a little labour in plucking these ears of corn on the sabbath day, in order that they may appease their hunger. For it is better that the rest of the sabbath should be disturbed, though but a little, than that any one of those for whose sake the sabbath was instituted should perish. 2:23-28 The sabbath is a sacred and Divine institution; a privilege and benefit, not a task and drudgery. God never designed it to be a burden to us, therefore we must not make it so to ourselves. The sabbath was instituted for the good of mankind, as living in society, having many wants and troubles, preparing for a state of happiness or misery. Man was not made for the sabbath, as if his keeping it could be of service to God, nor was he commanded to keep it outward observances to his real hurt. Every observance respecting it, is to be interpreted by the rule of mercy.
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