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.”
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