Christ reproveth the blindness of the Pharisees concerning the breach of the Sabbath,
Matthew 12:1 In that tyme went Iesus on the Saboth dayes thorowe the corne and his discyples were an hungred, and began to plucke the eares of corne and to eate. Matthew 12:2 When the Phariseis sawe that they sayde vnto him: Beholde, thy discyples do that which is not laufwl to do vpon the saboth daye.
Matthew 12:3 He sayde vnto them: Haue ye not read what Dauid dyd, when he was an hungred, and they also whiche were with hym? Matthew 12:4 How he entred into the house of God, & eate the halowed louwes, which were not lawful, for him to eate, neyther for them which were with him but onlye for the priestes. Matthew 12:5 Or haue ye not read in the law, how that the pryestes in the temple breake the saboth day, and yet are blamlesse: Matthew 12:6 But I say vnto you: that here is one greater then the temple. Matthew 12:7 Wherfore if ye had wist what this sayinge meaneth: I require mercye and not sacrifyce: ye would neuer haue condemned innocentes: Matthew 12:8 For the sonne of man is Lorde euen of the saboth day. Matthew 12:9 And he departed thence, and went into their synagoge:
Matthew 12:10 and beholde there was a man which had his hande dryed vp. And they axed hym sayinge: is it lawful to heale vpon the saboth dayes? because they myght accuse him. Matthew 12:11 And he sayd vnto them. Which of you wolde it be, if he had a shepe fallen into a pitte on the saboth daye, that woulde not take hym and lyft hym out? Matthew 12:12 And how muche is a man better then a shepe? Wherfore it is lawful to do a good dede on the saboth dayes.
and by a miracle.
Matthew 12:13 Then sayde he to the man: stretch forth thy hande. And he stetched it forth. And it was made whole again lyke vnto the other.
Matthew 12:14 Then the pharyseis went out, and held a counsel against him, how they might destroy hym. Matthew 12:15 When Iesus knewe that, he departed thence, and much people folowed hym, and he healed them all, Matthew 12:16 and charged them, that they shoulde not make him knowen: Matthew 12:17 to fulfyll that which was spoken by Esaye the prophete, which sayeth. Matthew 12:18 Beholde my chylde, whom I haue chosen my beloued, in whom my soule delyteth. I wyll put my sprryte on him, and he shall shew iudgement to þe gentils. Matthew 12:19 He shall not striue, he shal not cry neither shal any man hear his voice in þe stretes, Matthew 12:20 a brosed rede shalnot he breake, & flaxe þe beginneth to burne he shal not quenche, tyll he sende forth iudgemen vnto to victory, Matthew 12:21 and in his name shall the gentyls truste.
He healeth the man possessed that was blind and dumb.
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought to him, one possessed with a deuyll which was both blinde & dombe: and he healed him, insomuch that he which was blinde and dombe, both spake and sawe. Matthew 12:23 And al the people were amased, and sayde: Is not this that sonne of Dauid? Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharyseis hearde that they sayde: This felowe driueth þe deuils no nother wyse out but by þe helpe of Belzebub the chiefe of þe deuils. Matthew 12:25 But Iesus knewe their thoughtes, and sayed to them. Euery Kingdome deuided within it selfe, shall be brought to naught. Neyther shall anye cytye or housholde deuided against it selfe continue. Matthew 12:26 So if sathan cast out sathan, then is he deuided againste him selfe Howe shall then his kingdome endure? Matthew 12:27 Also if I by the helpe of belzabub cast out deuils: by whose helpe do your children caste them out? Therfore they shalbe your iudges. Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out the deuyls by the sprete of God: then is the kingdome of God come on you? Matthew 12:29 Eyther how can a man enter into a strong mans house, and violently take away his goodes: except he first binde the stronge man, and then spoyle his house? Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me, is against me. And he that 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 of forgeuen vnto men: but the blasphemy of the sprete, shall not be forgeuen vnto men. Matthew 12:32 And whosoeuer speaketh a worde against the sonne of man, it shall be forgeuen him. But whosoeuer speaketh againste the holye ghost, it shall not be forgeuen him: no, neyther in this worlde, neyther in the worlde to come. Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his frute good also: or els make the tree euyll, and hys frute euyll also. For the tree is knowen by his frute. Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye say well, when ye your selues are euil? For of the aboundaunce of the herte, the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of hys herte, bringeth forth good thinges. And an euill man out of his euill treasure, bringeth forth euil thinges.
Account shall be made of idle words.
Matthew 12:36 But I say vnto you, that of euery idell worde that men shall haue spoken: they shall geue a countes at the daye of iudgement. Matthew 12:37 For thy wordes þu shalt be iustified: & by thy wordes thou shalt be condemned.
He rebuketh the unfaithful, who seek after a sign:
Matthew 12:38 Then aunswered certaine of the scrybes and of the Phariseis sayinge. Master, we woulde fayne se a sygne of the. Matthew 12:39 He aunswered and said to them: The euyll and aduouterous generation seketh a sygne, but there shal no sygne be geuen to them, saue the signe of þe prophete Ionas. Matthew 12:40 For as Ionas was thre dayes and thre nyghtes in the whales bellye: so shall the sonne of man be thre dayes and thre nyghtes in the herte of the earth. Matthew 12:41 The men of Niniuye shall ryse at the daye of iudgement with this nacion, and condemne them: for thei amended at the preaching of Ionas: And beholde, a greater then Ionas is here. Matthew 12:42 The quene of the south shall ryse at the daye of iudgement with this generacion, and shall condemne theim: for she came from the vttermost parties of the worlde to hear the wysdome of Salomon. And beholde a greater then Salomon is here. Matthew 12:43 When the vncleane spirite is gone out of a man he walketh through out dry places, se kinge rest and fyndeth none. Matthew 12:44 Then he sayth: I wyll retourne againe into my house, from whence I came out. And when he is come, he fyndeth the house empty and swepte and garnished. Matthew 12:45 Then he goeth his way and taketh vnto him seuen other spirites worsse then hym selfe, and so enter they in and dwell there. And the ende of that man is worsse then the beginning. Euen so shall it be with this euill nacion.
Matthew 12:46 Whyle he yet talked to the people: beholde his mother and his brethren stode without, desyrynge to speake with hym. Matthew 12:47 Then one sayd vnto: beholde thy mother and brethren stande without, desyrynge to speake with the. Matthew 12:48 He aunswered and sayd to hym that tolde him: Who is my mother? Who are my brethren?
and sheweth who is his brother, sister, and mother.
Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth his hande ouer his disciples, and sayd: beholde my mother & my brethren. Matthew 12:50 For whosoeuer doth my fathers wyll which is in heauen, the same is my brother, syster and mother.