Matthew 12:1-20 AMPC
AT THAT particular time Jesus went through the fields of standing grain on the Sabbath; and His disciples were hungry, and they began to pick off the spikes of grain and to eat. [Deut. 23:25.]
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, See there! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful and not permitted on the Sabbath.
He said to them, Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, and those who accompanied him–[Lev. 24:9; I Sam. 21:1-6.]
How he went into the house of God and ate the loaves of the showbread–which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for the men who accompanied him, but for the priests only?
Or have you never read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple violate the sanctity of the Sabbath [breaking it] and yet are guiltless? [Num. 28:9, 10.]
But I tell you, Something greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here!
And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims, you would not have condemned the guiltless. [Hos. 6:6; Matt. 9:13.]
For the Son of Man is Lord [even] of the Sabbath.
And going on from there, He went into their synagogue.
And behold, a man was there with one withered hand. And they said to Him, Is it lawful or allowable to cure people on the Sabbath days?–that they might accuse Him.
But He said to them, What man is there among you, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit or ditch on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?
How much better and of more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful and allowable to do good on the Sabbath days.
Then He said to the man, Reach out your hand. And the man reached it out and it was restored, as sound as the other one.
But the Pharisees went out and held a consultation against Him, how they might do away with Him.
But being aware of this, Jesus went away from there. And many people joined and accompanied Him, and He cured all of them,
And strictly charged them and sharply warned them not to make Him publicly known.
This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah,
Behold, My Servant Whom I have chosen, My Beloved in and with Whom My soul is well pleased and has found its delight. I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim and show forth justice to the nations.
He will not strive or wrangle or cry out loudly; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets;
A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering (dimly burning) wick He will not quench, till He brings justice and a just cause to victory.
AMPC: Amplified Bible, Classic Edition