12 At that [a]time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.”3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions,4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the [b]consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple [c]break the Sabbath and are innocent?6 But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.7 But if you had known what this [d]means, ‘I desire[e]compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Lord of the Sabbath
8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9 Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned [f]Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.11 And He said to them, “What man [g]is there among you who [h]has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do [i]good on the Sabbath.”13 Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!”He stretched it out, and it was restored to [j]normal, like the other.14 But the Pharisees went out and [k]conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
15 But Jesus, [l]aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,16 and warned them not to [m]tell who He was.17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
18 “Behold, My[n]Servant whom I [o]have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul[p]is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim[q]justice to the[r]Gentiles. 19 “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. 20 “A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He[s]leads[t]justice to victory. 21 “And in His name the[u]Gentiles will hope.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.