Christ reproveth the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the Sabbath,
Matthew 12:1 At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the cornfields; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck ears of corn, and to eat. Matthew 12:2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath.
Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; Matthew 12:4 how be entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests? Matthew 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here. Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath. Matthew 12:9 And he departed thence, and went into their synagogue:
Matthew 12:10 and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him. Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Matthew 12:12 How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.
and by a miracle.
Matthew 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, as the other.
Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him. Matthew 12:15 And Jesus perceiving [it] withdrew from thence: and many followed him; and he healed them all, Matthew 12:16 and charged them that they should not make him known: Matthew 12:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Matthew 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 shall declare judgment to the Gentiles. Matthew 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; Neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets. Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory. Matthew 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles hope.
He healeth the man possessed that was blind and dumb.
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spake and saw. Matthew 12:23 And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Is this the son of David? Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. Matthew 12:25 And knowing their thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: Matthew 12:26 and if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? Matthew 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. Matthew 12:28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. Matthew 12:29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong [man], and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong [man]? and then he will spoil his house. Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.
Matthew 12:31 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Matthew 12:32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come. Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit. Matthew 12:34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:35 The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Account shall be made of idle words.
Matthew 12:36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
He rebuketh the unfaithful, who seek after a sign:
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet: Matthew 12:40 for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:43 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. Matthew 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.
Matthew 12:46 While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him. Matthew 12:47 And one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, seeking to speak to thee. Matthew 12:48 But he answered and said unto 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 he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren! Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.