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Matthew 12 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:1 - At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:2 - But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:3 - He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:4 - how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:5 - Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:6 - I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:7 - And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:8 - For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:9 - He went on from there and entered their synagogue.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:10 - And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:11 - He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:12 - Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:13 - Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:14 - But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:15 - Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:16 - and ordered them not to make him known.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:17 - This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:18 - “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:19 - He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:20 - a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:21 - and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:22 - Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:23 - And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:24 - But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:25 - Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:26 - And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:27 - And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:28 - But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:29 - Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:30 - Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:31 - Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:33 - “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:34 - You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:35 - The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:36 - I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:37 - for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:38 - Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:39 - But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:40 - For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:41 - The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:42 - The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:43 - “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:44 - Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:45 - Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:46 - While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:48 - But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:49 - And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:50 - For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts insert verse 47: Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you”

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