Matthew 12
1Around that time Jesus was walking through fields of grain on the Sabbath day. His disciples were hungry so they started to pick ears of grain and eat them. 2When the Pharisees saw this they said to Jesus, “Look at your disciples—they're doing what isn't allowed on the Sabbath!”
3But Jesus told them, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his men were hungry? 4He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the sacred bread that they weren't allowed to eat since it's only for the priests. 5Haven't you read in the law that on the Sabbath day the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath but are not considered guilty? 6However I tell you that someone is here who is greater than the Temple! 7If you'd known the meaning of this Scripture, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice,’#12:7. Hosea 6:6. you wouldn't have condemned an innocent man. 8For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9Then Jesus left and went into their synagogue. 10A man was there with a crippled hand. “Does the law allow healing on the Sabbath?” they asked him, looking for a reason to accuse him.
11“Suppose you have a sheep and it falls into a hole in the ground on the Sabbath. Don't you grab hold of it and pull it out?” Jesus asked them. 12“Don't you think a human being is worth much more than a sheep? So yes, you are allowed to do good on the Sabbath.” 13Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The man held out his hand, and it was healed, just as healthy as the other hand.
14But the Pharisees went out and plotted how to kill Jesus. 15Knowing this, Jesus left, with large crowds following him. He healed all of them, 16but instructed them not to tell people who he was. 17This fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said:
18“This is my servant whom I've chosen,
The one I love, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit on him,
And he will tell the foreigners what's right.
19He won't argue, he won't shout out,
And nobody will hear his voice in the streets.
20He won't break a damaged reed,
And he won't extinguish a smoking wick,
Until he has proved that his judgment is right,#12:20. Or “has brought victory to justice.”
21And foreigners will put their hope in him.”#12:21. Literally, “hope in his name.”
22Then a man was brought to Jesus who was demon-possessed and blind and dumb. Jesus healed him, so that the dumb man could speak and see. 23All the crowds were amazed, and asked, “Could this really be the son of David?”#12:23. Meaning the Messiah who was expected to come.
24But when the Pharisees heard this, they replied, “This man can only throw out demons through the power of Beelzebub, the chief of demons!”
25Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus told them, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself will be destroyed. No town or household that is divided against itself can stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, then he's divided against himself—so how could his kingdom stand? 27If I'm throwing out demons in the name of Beelzebub, in whose name are your people throwing out demons? Your own people prove you're wrong! 28But if I'm throwing out demons through the power of the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you!
29Can you enter a strong man's house and take his belongings unless you tie him up first? If you do that then you can take everything in his house. 30Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather together with me do the opposite: they are scattering. 31That's why I'm telling you that every sin and blasphemy you commit will be forgiven, except blasphemy against the Spirit which won't be forgiven. 32Those who say something against the Son of man will be forgiven, but those who say something against the Holy Spirit won't be forgiven, neither in this life nor the next. 33Either decide that the tree is good, and its fruit is good, or decide that the tree is bad and its fruit is bad—for the tree is known by its fruit. 34You viper's brood, how can you who are evil say anything good? For your mouth simply says what your mind is busy thinking about. 35A good person brings out good from their store of good things, and an evil person brings out evil from their store of evil things. 36I tell you, people will have to account for every careless thing they say on the Day of Judgment. 37For what you say will either vindicate you or condemn you.”
38Then some of the religious teachers and Pharisees came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign.”
39“Evil people who don't trust in God are the ones who look for a miraculous sign. The only sign they will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah,” Jesus told them. 40“In the same way Jonah was in the belly of a huge fish for three days and three nights, the Son of man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 41The people of Nineveh will rise in the judgment together with this generation and they will condemn it because they repented in response to Jonah's message—and as you see, there's someone greater than Jonah here! 42The Queen of the South will be raised in the judgment together with this generation and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon—and as you see, there's someone greater than Solomon here! 43When an evil spirit leaves someone, it wanders through deserted places looking for rest, and finds nowhere to stay. 44So it says, ‘I'll go back to the place I left,’ and when it returns it finds the place empty, all clean and tidy. 45Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits even more evil than it is, and it enters and lives there. So the person ends up worse than they were at the beginning. That's the way it will be with this evil generation.”
46While he was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers arrived and stood outside, wanting to talk to him. 47Someone came and told him, “Look, your mother and brothers are outside, wanting to talk to you.”
48“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Jesus asked. 49He pointed at his disciples, and said, “Look, they are my mother and my brothers! 50For those who do the will of my heavenly Father, they are my brother, sister, and mother!”