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Matthew 12 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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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 - And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:10 - And behold, there was a man 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, "What man of you, if he has one sheep and 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 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, whole like the other.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:14 - But the Pharisees went out and took counsel 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 fulfil 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 shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

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

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

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:22 - Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb 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 Be-el'zebul, 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 Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall 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 one 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 - He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:32 - And whoever says 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 man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:36 - I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;

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 said to him, "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 shall 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 whale, 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 Nin'eveh will arise 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 arise 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 man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he 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 brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 12:47 - Other ancient authorities insert verse 47, Some one told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you."

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."
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Other ancient authorities insert verse 47, [Some one told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you."]

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