12 In that season went Jesus on the sabbath through the cornfields,—and his disciples hungered, and began to pluck ears of corn and to eat.
2 But the Pharisees observing it said unto him,—Lo! thy disciples are doing what is not allowed to do on sabbath.
3 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he hungered and they who were with him? how
4 he entered into the house of God and the presence-bread did eat, which it was not allowable for him to eat nor for them who were with him,—save for the priests alone?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple the sabbath profane, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you,—Something greater than the temple is here!
7 If however ye had known what this meaneth—Mercy I desire and not sacrifice Ye would not have condemned the blameless;
8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
9 And passing on from thence he came into their synagogue;
10 and lo! a man having a withered hand, and they questioned him saying, Is it allowable on the sabbath to heal? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said unto them, What man from among yourselves [shall there be],—Who shall have one sheep, And if this should fall on the sabbath into a pit Will not lay hold of it and raise it?
12 How much better then a man than a sheep? So that it is allowable on the sabbath nobly to act.
13 Then saith he unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand! And he stretched it forth,—and it was restored whole as the other.
14 And the Pharisees going forth took counsel against him, to the end that him they might destroy.
15 But Jesus taking note, retired from thence,—and many followed him, and he cured them all;
16 and straitly charged them, lest they should make him manifest:
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying:—
18 Lo! my servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom my soul delighteth,—I will put my Spirit upon him, And justice unto the nations will he report:
19 He will not strive nor will he cry out, Nor shall any hear in the broadways his voice:
20 A bruised cane will he not break, And a smoking wick will he not quench,—Until he urge on Justice to victory,
21 And in his name shall nations hope.
22 Then they brought unto him one demonized, blind and dumb,—and he cured him, so that the dumb did speak and see.
23 And all the multitudes were beside themselves and were saying, Can this one be the Son of David?
24 But the Pharisees hearing it, said, This one doth not cast out the demons, save in Beelzebul ruler of the demons.
25 And knowing their inward thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste,—And no city or house divided against itself will stand;
26 And if Satan is casting Satan out against himself hath he become divided,—How then shall his kingdom stand?
27 And if I in Beelzebul am casting out the demons In whom are your sons casting them out? Wherefore they shall be judges of you.
28 But if in God’s Spirit I am casting out the demons Then doubtless hath come upon you unawares the kingdom of God!
29 Or how can one enter the house of the mighty and seize his goods, Unless first he bind the mighty one? And then his house he will plunder.
30 He that is not with me is against me,—And he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All sin and profane speaking shall be forgiven unto men,—But the speaking profanely of the Spirit shall not be forgiven;
32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven him,—But whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven him Either in this age, or the coming.
33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, Or make the tree worthless and its fruit worthless; For from the fruit the tree is known.
34 Broods of vipers! How can ye speak good things being evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 The good man out of the good treasure putteth forth good things; And the evil man out of the evil treasure putteth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every useless expression that men shall utter They shall render concerning it an account in a day of judgment;
37 For by thy words shalt thou be justified, And by thy words shalt thou be condemned.
38 Then answered him certain of the Scribes and Pharisees, saying, Teacher! we desire of thee a sign to behold.
39 But he answering said unto them, A wicked and adulterous generation a sign doth seek, And a sign will not be given it Save the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40 For just as was Jonah in the belly of the sea-monster three days and three nights so will be the Son of Man in the heart of the earth, three days and three nights.
41 Men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it,—because they repented into the proclamation of Jonah; and lo! something greater than Jonah here.
42 The queen of the south will arise in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it,—because she came out of the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo! something greater than Solomon here.
43 But when the impure spirit goeth out of the man it passeth through waterless places seeking rest,—and findeth it not.
44 Then it saith, Into my house will I return whence I came out,—and coming findeth it empty [and] swept and adorned.
45 Then it goeth and taketh along with itself seven diverse spirits, more wicked than itself,—and entering abideth there; and the last state of that man becometh worse than the first. So shall it be, with this wicked generation.
46 While yet he was speaking unto the multitudes lo! his mother and brethren were standing without, seeking to speak with him.
47 [And one said to him, Lo! thy mother and thy brethren without are standing, seeking to speak with thee.]
48 But he answering said unto him that was telling him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And stretching forth his hand towards his disciples he said, Lo! my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in the heavens he is my brother, and sister, and mother.