Christ reproveth the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the Sabbath,
Matthew 12:1 At that tyme Iesus went on the Sabboth dayes thorowe the corne, and hys discyples were an hongred, and beganne to plucke the eares of corne, and to eate. Matthew 12:2 But when the Pharises sawe it, they sayde vnto hym: Beholde, thy discyples do that which is not lawfull to do vpon the Sabboth daye.
Matthew 12:3 But he sayde vnto them. Haue ye not read what Dauid dyd, when he was an hongred, & they that were with him? Matthew 12:4 How he entred into the house of God, and did eate the shewe breades which were not lawfull for hym to eate, nether for them which were with hym, but onely for the prestes? Matthew 12:5 Or haue ye not read in the lawe, how that (on the Sabath dayes) the preastes in the temple breake the Saboth, and are blamelesse? Matthew 12:6 But I saye vnto you: that in this place is one greater then the temple. Matthew 12:7 Wherfore, yf ye wyst what this meaneth I require mercy, & not sacrifice: ye wolde not haue condemned innocentes. Matthew 12:8 For the sonne of man also, is Lord euen of the Sabath daye. Matthew 12:9 And he departed thence and went into their synagoge:
Matthew 12:10 and beholde, ther was a man which had his hande dried vp. And they asked hym, sayinge is it lawfull to heale vpon the Saboth dayes? that they myght accuse him. Matthew 12:11 And he sayde vnto them: which of you will it be, that shall haue. a shepe, and yf it fall into a pytte on the Saboth daye, wyl he not take it and lyft it out? Matthew 12:12 Howe moch more then is a man better then a shepe? Wherfore, it is lefull to do a good dede on the Saboth dayes.
and by a miracle.
Matthew 12:13 Then sayeth he to þe man: stretch forth thy hande. And he stretched it forth: And it was restored vnto health, lyke as the other.
Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharises went out, and helde a counsell agaynst him, how they myght destroye him. Matthew 12:15 But when Iesus knewe it, he departed thence, and moche people folowed him, and he healed them all, Matthew 12:16 and charged them, that they shuld not make him knowen: Matthew 12:17 that it myght be fulfilled which was spoken by Esay the Prophet, which sayeth: Matthew 12:18 Beholde, my childe, whom I haue chosen, my beloued, in whom my soule deliteth. I wyll put my sprete vpon him, and he shall shewe iudgement to the gentyls. Matthew 12:19 He shal not stryue ner crye, nether shall eny man heare hys voyce in the stretes, Matthew 12:20 a brosed rede shall he not breake, and smokyng flax shall he not quenche, till he sende forth iudgement vnto victorie, Matthew 12:21 & in his name shall the gentyls trust.
He healeth the man possessed that was blind and dumb.
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought to him a blynd & domme man, þt was vexed with a deuyll, & he healed him, in somoch, that the blynd and domme, both spake and sawe. Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amased, and sayde: Is not this that sonne of Dauid? Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharises hearde it, they sayd. This felow dryueth the deuyls no nother wyse out, but by the helpe of Belzebub the chefe of the deuyls. Matthew 12:25 But whan Iesus knewe their thoughtes he sayde vnto them: Euery kingdome deuided agaynst it selfe, shalbe brought to naught. And euery citie or house deuyded agaynst it selfe shall not stande. Matthew 12:26 And yf Satan cast out Satan, then is he deuided agaynst him selfe how shall then his kingdome endure? Matthew 12:27 Also, yf I by þe helpe of Belzebub cast out deuyls, by whose helpe do youre chyldren cast them out? Therfore, they shalbe your iudges. Matthew 12:28 But yf I cast out þe deuyls by the spryte of God: then is þe kingdome of God come vnto you: Matthew 12:29 Or els how can one enter into a strong mannes house, and spoyle his Iewels, excepte he fyrst bynde the stronge man, and then spoyle his house? Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me, is agaynst me. And he þt gathereth not with me, scattereth abrode.
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall never be forgiven.
Matthew 12:31 Wherfore, I saye vnto you, all maner of synne and blasphemy shalbe forgeuen vnto men but the blasphemy agaynst the sprete, shall not be forgeuen vnto men. Matthew 12:32 And whosoeuer speaketh a worde agaynst the sonne of man, it shalbe forgeuen hym. But whosoeuer speaketh agaynst the holy gost, it shall not be forgeuen him, nether in this worlde, nether in the worlde to come: Matthew 12:33 Ether make the tree good, and his frute good, or els make the tree euyll, and hys frute euyll. For the tree is knowen by his frute. Matthew 12:34 O generacion of vypers, how can ye speake good thinges, when ye youre selues are euyll? For out of the aboundance of the hert, the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:35 A good man out of þe good treasure of the hert, bryngeth forth good thynges. And an euyll man, out of euyll treasure, bringeth forth euyll thynges.
Account shall be made of idle words.
Matthew 12:36 But I say vnto you, of euery ydell worde that men shall haue spoken, they shall geue acountes in the daye of iudgement. Matthew 12:37 For out of thy wordes thou shalt be iustifyed: and out of thy wordes thou shalt be condemned.
He rebuketh the unfaithful, who seek after a sign:
Matthew 12:38 Then certayne of the Scribes and of the Pharises asked him saying. Master, we wyll se a sygne of the. Matthew 12:39 But he answered and sayde to them. The euyll and aduouterous generacion seketh a signe and ther shall no sygne be geuen to them, but the signe of the Prophet Ionas. Matthew 12:40 For as Ionas was thre dayes and thre nightes in the whales belly, so shall the sonne of man be thre dayes and thre nightes in the herte of þe erth. Matthew 12:41 The men of niniue shall ryse in the iudgement with this nacion, & condemne it, because they amended at the preachyng of Ionas. Beholde, here is one greater then Ionas. Matthew 12:42 The quene of the south shall rise in the iudgement with this generacion, and shall condemne it: for she came from the vtmost partes of the worlde to heare þe wysdome of Salomon. And behold, in this place is one greater then Salomon. Matthew 12:43 When the vnclene spryte is gone out of a man, he walketh throughout drye places, sekyng rest, and findeth none. Matthew 12:44 Then he saieth: I will retourne into my house, from whence I came out. And when he is come, he fyndeth it empty, and swepte, and garnisshed. Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh vnto him seuen other spretes worse then him selfe, and so entreth he in, and dwelleth there. And the ende of that man is worse then the begynning. Euen so shall it be also, vnto this froward generacion.
Matthew 12:46 Whyle he yet talked to the people: beholde his mother and his brethren stode without, desyringe to speake with him. Matthew 12:47 Then one sayde vnto him beholde, thy mother and thy brethren stande without, desyringe to speake with the: Matthew 12:48 But he answered, & sayde vnto him that had tolde him. Who is my mother? or who are my brethren?
and sheweth who is his brother, sister, and mother.
Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth hys hand towarde his disciples, & sayd. beholde my mother and my brethren. Matthew 12:50 For whosoeuer doth þe will of my father which is in heauen, þe same is my brother, syster, and mother.