The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 12:1-50
Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
Matthew 12:2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath."
Matthew 12:3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry,
Matthew 12:4 how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Matthew 12:5 Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?
Matthew 12:6 I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
Matthew 12:7 If you knew what this meant, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned these innocent men.
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath."
Matthew 12:9 Moving on from there, he went into their synagogue.
Matthew 12:10 And behold, there was a man there who had a withered hand. They questioned him, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
Matthew 12:11 He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep that falls into a pit on the sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out?
Matthew 12:12 How much more valuable a person is than a sheep. So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
Matthew 12:13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was restored as sound as the other.
Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death.
Matthew 12:15 When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many (people) followed him, and he cured them all,
Matthew 12:16 but he warned them not to make him known.
Matthew 12:17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
Matthew 12:18 "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
Matthew 12:19 He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.
Matthew 12:21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope."
Matthew 12:22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute. He cured the mute person so that he could speak and see.
Matthew 12:23 All the crowd was astounded, and said, "Could this perhaps be the Son of David?"
Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man drives out demons only by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons."
Matthew 12:25 But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand.
Matthew 12:26 And if Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; how, then, will his kingdom stand?
Matthew 12:27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people 18 drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
Matthew 12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 12:29 How can anyone enter a strong man's house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
Matthew 12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Matthew 12:31 Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Matthew 12:32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Matthew 12:33 "Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.
Matthew 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:35 A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil.
Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak.
Matthew 12:37 By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."
Matthew 12:39 He said to them in reply, "An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Matthew 12:40 Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
Matthew 12:41 At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here.
Matthew 12:42 At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.
Matthew 12:43 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest but finds none.
Matthew 12:44 Then it says, 'I will return to my home from which I came.' But upon returning, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.
Matthew 12:45 Then it goes and brings back with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first. Thus it will be with this evil generation."
Matthew 12:46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him.
Matthew 12:47 (Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.")
Matthew 12:48 But he said in reply to the one who told him, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"
Matthew 12:49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers.
Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother."