12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath through the corn,
and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of
corn, and to eat.
12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, Behold,
thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on the
12:3 But he said to them, Have ye not read what David did when
he was hungry, and they that were with him;
12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and ate the
show-bread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, neither for
them who were with him, but only for the priests?
12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath the
priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
12:6 But I say to you, that in this place is [one] greater than
12:7 But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy,
and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath.
12:9 And when he had departed thence, he went into their
12:10 And behold, there was a man who had [his] hand withered.
And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the
sabbath? that they might accuse him.
12:11 And he said to them, What man shall there be among you,
that shall have one sheep, and if it shall fall into a pit on
the sabbath, will he not lay hold on it, and lift [it] out?
12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? wherefore it
is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch out thy hand. And he
stretched [it] out; and [it] was restored to a sound state like
12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against
him, how they might destroy him.
12:15 But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence:
and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.
12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the
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 show judgment to the Gentiles.
12:19 He shall not contend, nor cry; neither shall any man hear
his voice in the streets.
12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall
he not quench, till he shall send forth judgment to victory.
12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
12:22 Then was brought to him one possessed with a demon, blind
and dumb; and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb both
spoke and saw.
12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the
son of David?
12:24 But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [man]
doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the
12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every
kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and
every city or house divided against itself, shall not stand.
12:26 And if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against
himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?
12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your
children expel [them]? therefore they shall be your judges.
12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the
kingdom of God is come to you.
12:29 Or else, how can one enter into a strong man's house, and
seize his goods, except he shall first bind the strong man? and
then he will plunder his house.
12:30 He that is not with me, is against me; and he that
gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.
12:31 Wherefore I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy
shall be forgiven to men: but the blasphemy [against] the
[Holy] Spirit shall not be forgiven to men.
12:32 And whoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it
shall be forgiven him: but whoever speaketh against the Holy
Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world,
neither in the [world] to come.
12:33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else
make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is
known by [its] fruit.
12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good
things? for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth
12:35 A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart,
bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the evil
treasure, bringeth forth evil things.
12:36 But I say to you, That for every idle word that men shall
speak, they shall give account in the day of judgment.
12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned.
12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered,
saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
12:39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous
generation seeketh for a sign, and there shall no sign be given
to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.
12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the
whale's belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three
nights in the heart of the earth.
12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this
generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the
preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah [is] here.
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
uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and
behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here.
12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest, and he findeth none.
12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I
came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept,
12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits
more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there:
and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Even
so shall it be also to this wicked generation.
12:46 While he was yet speaking to the people, behold, [his]
mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with
12:47 Then one said to him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren
stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
12:48 But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my
mother? and who are my brethren?
12:49 And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and
said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father who is in
heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.