Christ reproveth the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the Sabbath,
Matthew 12:1 At that time, Iesus went on the Sabbath day thorow the corne, & his Disciples were an hungred, and beganne to pluck the eares of corne, and to eate. Matthew 12:2 But when the Pharises saw it, they said vnto him, Behold, thy Disciples doe that which is not lawfull to doe vpon the Sabbath day.
Matthew 12:3 But he said vnto them, Haue yee not read what Dauid did when hee was an hungred, and they that were with him, Matthew 12:4 How he entred into the house of God, and did eate the shew bread, which was not lawfull for him to eate, neither for them which were with him, but, only for the Priests? Matthew 12:5 Or haue yee not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath dayes the Priests in the Temple profane the Sabbath, and are blamelesse? Matthew 12:6 But I saye vnto you, that in this place is [one] greater then the Temple. Matthew 12:7 But if yee had knowen what this meaneth, I will haue mercy, and not sacrifice, yee would not haue condemned the guiltlesse. Matthew 12:8 For the sonne of man is Lord euen of the Sabbath day. Matthew 12:9 And when hee was departed thence, he went into their Synagogue.
Matthew 12:10 And behold, there was a man which had his hand withered, and they asked him, saying, Is it lawfull to heale on the Sabbath dayes? That they might accuse him. Matthew 12:11 And hee said vnto them, What man shal there be among you, that shall haue one sheepe: and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will hee not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Matthew 12:12 How much then is a man better then a shepe? Wherfore it is lawfull to doe well on the Sabbath dayes.
and by a miracle.
Matthew 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand: and hee stretched it forth, and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharises went out, and held a counsell against him, how they might destroy him. Matthew 12:15 But when Iesus knew it, hee withdrew himselfe from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all, Matthew 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him knowen: Matthew 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the Prophet, saying, Matthew 12:18 Behold, my seruant whom I haue chosen, my beloued in whom my soule is well pleased: I will put my spirit vpon him, and he shall shew iudgement to the Gentiles. Matthew 12:19 He shall not striue, nor cry, neither shall any man heare his voice in the streets. Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shal he not breake, and smoking flaxe shall he not quench, till he send forth iudgment vnto victory. Matthew 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
He healeth the man possessed that was blind and dumb.
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought vnto him one possessed with a deuill, blinde, and dumbe: and hee healed him, insomuch that the blinde and dumbe both spake and saw. Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is this the sonne of Dauid? Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This [fellow] doeth not cast out deuils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the deuils. Matthew 12:25 And Iesus knew their thoughts, and said vnto them, Euery kingdome diuided against it selfe, is brought to desolation: and euery citie or house diuided against it selfe, shall not stand. Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is diuided against himselfe; how shall then his kingdome stand? Matthew 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out deuils, by whom doe your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your Iudges. Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out deuils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdome of God is come vnto you. Matthew 12:29 Or else, how can one enter into a strong mans house, & spoile his goods, except hee first binde the strong man, and then he will spoile his house. Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me, is against me: and hee that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.
Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say vnto you, All maner of sinne and blasphemie shall be forgiuen vnto men: but the blasphemie against the [holy] Ghost, shall not bee forgiuen vnto men. Matthew 12:32 And whosoeuer speaketh a word against the sonne of man, it shall be forgiuen him: but whosoeuer speaketh against the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiuen him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good: Or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: For the tree is knowen by his fruit. Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being euil, speake good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth foorth good things: and an euill man out of the euill treasure, bringeth foorth euill things.
Account shall be made of idle words.
Matthew 12:36 But I say vnto you, That euery idle word that men shall speake, they shall giue accompt thereof in the day of Iudgement. Matthew 12:37 For by thy wordes thou shalt bee iustified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
He rebuketh the unfaithful, who seek after a sign:
Matthew 12:38 Then certaine of the Scribes, and of the Pharisees, answered, saying, Master, we would see a signe from thee. Matthew 12:39 But hee answered, and said to them, An euill and adulterous generation seeketh after a signe, and there shall no signe be giuen to it, but the signe of the Prophet Ionas. Matthew 12:40 For as Ionas was three dayes and three nights in the whales belly: so shal the sonne of man be three daies and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineue shall rise in iudgement with this generation, and shall condemne it, because they repented at the preaching of Ionas, and behold, a greater then Ionas is here. Matthew 12:42 The Queene of the South shall rise vp in the iudgement with this generation, and shall condemne it: for she came from the vttermost parts of the earth to heare the wisedome of Solomon, and behold, a greater then Solomon is here. Matthew 12:43 When the vncleane spirit is gone out of a man, hee walketh thorow dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Matthew 12:44 Then he saith, I will returne into my house from whence I came out; And when he is come, he findeth it emptie, swept, and garnished. Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himselfe seuen other spirits more wicked then himselfe, and they enter in and dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse then the first. Euen so shal it be also vnto this wicked generation.
Matthew 12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speake with him. Matthew 12:47 Then one saide vnto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speake with thee. Matthew 12:48 But he answered, and said vnto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?
and sheweth who is his brother, sister, and mother.
Matthew 12:49 And hee stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren. Matthew 12:50 For whosoeuer shall doe the will of my Father which is in heauen, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.