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Matthew 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:2 - And 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 - But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:4 - “how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which 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 that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:6 - “Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:8 - “For the Son of Man is Lord even[fn] of the Sabbath.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:9 - Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:11 - Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:12 - “Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore 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 he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:14 - Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:15 - But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes[fn] followed Him, and He healed them all.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:16 - Yet He warned them not to make Him known,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:17 - that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:18 - “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved
in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:19 - He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:20 - A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:21 - And in His name Gentiles will trust.”[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:22 - Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and[fn] mute man both spoke and saw.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:24 - Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,[fn] the ruler of the demons.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:25 - But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:26 - “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 Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:29 - “Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:30 - “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:32 - “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, 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 else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:34 - “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:35 - “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[fn] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:36 - “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

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, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:40 - “For 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 in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:43 - “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:45 - “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:46 - While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:47 - Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:48 - But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:49 - And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and 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.”
NKJV Footnotes
Hosea 6:6
NU-Text and M-Text omit even.
NU-Text brackets multitudes as disputed.
Isaiah 42:1–4
NU-Text omits blind and.
NU-Text and M-Text read Beelzebul.
NU-Text and M-Text omit of his heart.

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