Christ reproveth the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the Sabbath,
Matthew 12:1 At that time Iesus went on a Sabbath day through ye corne, & his disciples were an hungred, & bega to plucke ye eares of corne & to eate. Matthew 12:2 And when the Pharises sawe it, they saide vnto him, Beholde, thy disciples doe that which is not lawfull to doe vpon the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:3 But he said vnto them, Haue ye not read what Dauid did when he was an hungred, & they that were with him? Matthew 12:4 Howe he entred into ye house of God, and did eate the shewe bread, which was not lawfull for him to eate, neither for them which were with him, but onely for the Priestes? Matthew 12:5 Or haue ye not read in the Lawe, how that on the Sabbath dayes the Priestes in the Temple breake the Sabbath, and are blameles? Matthew 12:6 But I say vnto you, that here is one greater then the Temple. Matthew 12:7 Wherefore if ye knewe what this is, I will haue mercie, and not sacrifice, ye would not haue condemned the innocents. Matthew 12:8 For the sonne of man is Lord, euen of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:9 And he departed thence, and went into their Synagoue:
Matthew 12:10 And beholde, there was a man which had his hand dried vp; they asked him, saying, Is it lawfull to heale vpon a Sabbath day? That they might accuse him. Matthew 12:11 And he said vnto the, What man shall there be among you, that hath a sheepe, & if it fal on a Sabbath day into a pit, doth not take it & lift it out? Matthew 12:12 How much more then is a man better then a sheepe? Therefore, it is lawfull to doe well on a Sabbath day.
and by a miracle.
Matthew 12:13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand; he stretched it foorth, and it was made whole as the other.
Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharises went out, & consulted against him, howe they might destroy him. Matthew 12:15 But whe Iesus knew it, he departed thece, & great multitudes folowed him, & he healed the al, Matthew 12:16 And charged them in threatning wise, 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 deliteth: I wil put my Spirit on him, and he shall shewe iudgement to the Gentiles. Matthew 12:19 He shall not striue, nor crie, neither shall any man heare his voyce in the streetes. Matthew 12:20 A bruised reede shall he not breake, & smoking flaxe shal he not quenche, till he bring forth iudgement vnto victorie. 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 to him one, possessed with a deuill, both blind, & dumme, & he healed him, so that he which was blind and dumme, both spake and saw. Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amased, and saide, Is not this that sonne of Dauid? Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharises heard it, they saide, This man casteth the deuils no otherwise out, but through Beelzebub the prince of deuils. Matthew 12:25 But Iesus knew their thoughtes, and said to them, Euery kingdome deuided against it selfe, is brought to nought: and euery citie or house, deuided against it selfe, shall not stand. Matthew 12:26 So if Satan cast out Satan, he is deuided against himself: how shal then his kingdom endure? Matthew 12:27 Also if I through 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 ye Spirit of God, then is the kingdome of God come vnto you. Matthew 12:29 Els howe can a man enter into a strong mans house and spoyle his goods, except he first bind the strong man, and then spoile 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 Wherefore I say vnto you, euery sinne and blasphemie shalbe forgiuen vnto men: but the blasphemie against the holy Ghost shall not be forgiuen vnto men. Matthew 12:32 And whosoeuer shall speake a word against the Sonne of man, it shall be forgiuen him: but whosoeuer shall speake against the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiuen him, neither in this worlde, nor in the worlde to come. Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruite good: or els make the tree euill, and his fruite euil: for the tree is knowen by the fruite. Matthew 12:34 O generations of vipers, howe can you speake good things, when ye are euill? For of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth foorth good things: & an euill man out of an euill treasure, bringeth forth euill things.
Account shall be made of idle words.
Matthew 12:36 But I say vnto you, that of euery idle word that men shall speake, they shall giue account thereof at the day of iudgement. Matthew 12:37 For by thy wordes thou shalt be iustified, and by thy wordes thou shalt be condemned.
He rebuketh the unfaithful, who seek after a sign:
Matthew 12:38 Then answered certaine of ye Scribes and of the Pharises, saying, Master, we would see a signe of thee. Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said to them, An euill and adulterous generation seeketh a signe, but no signe shall be giuen vnto it, saue that signe of the Prophet Ionas. Matthew 12:40 For as Ionas was three daies & three nights in the whales belly: so shall the Sonne of man be three daies & three nights in ye heart of the earth. Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineue shal rise in iudgemet with this generation, and condemne it: for 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 in iudgement with this generation, and shall condemne it: for she came from the vtmost partes of the earth to heare the wisdome of Solomon: and beholde, a greater then Solomon is here. Matthew 12:43 Nowe when the vncleane spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh throughout drie places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Matthew 12:44 Then he saith, I wil returne into mine house from whence I came: and when he is come, he findeth it emptie, swept and garnished. Matthew 12:45 Then he goeth, & taketh vnto him seuen other spirites worse then himselfe, and they enter in, and dwell there: and the ende of that man is worse then the beginning. Euen so shall it be with this wicked generation.
Matthew 12:46 While he yet spake to ye multitude, beholde, his mother, and his brethren stood without, desiring to speake with him. Matthew 12:47 Then one said vnto him, Beholde, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speake with thee. Matthew 12:48 But he answered, and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? & who are my brethren?
and sheweth who is his brother, sister, and mother.
Matthew 12:49 And he stretched foorth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Beholde my mother and my brethren. Matthew 12:50 For whosoeuer shall doe my Fathers will which is in heauen, the same is my brother and sister and mother.