1 AT that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the sabbath; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pick the heads and eat. 2 And the Pharisees seeing it, said to him, Behold, your disciples do what it is not lawful to do on the sabbath.
3 But he said to them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him? 4 how he entered into the house of God and eat the show bread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law, that the priests profane the sabbath in the temple, and are blameless? 6 But I tell you that here is an object greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what, I wish for mercy and not a sacrifice, means, you would not have condemned the innocent; 8 for the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.
9 And departing thence he went into their synagogue, 10 and behold a man having a withered hand [was there]. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said to them, What man is there of you having one sheep, who if this falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.
13 Then he said to the man, Stretch out your hand; and he stretched it out, and it was restored as sound as the other; 14 and the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to destroy him.
15 But Jesus knowing it departed thence, and great multitudes followed him; and he cured them all, 16 and charged them not to make him known; 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying;
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased; I will put my spirit on him, and he shall declare judgment to the nations. 19 He shall not strive nor cry aloud, nor shall any one hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking flax shall be not extinguish, till he sends forth judgment to victory. 21 And in his name shall nations hope.
22 THEN a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he cured him, so that the blind and dumb spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes wondered and said, Is this the Son of David?
24 But the Pharisees hearing it, said, This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, a ruler of the demons.
25 But knowing their thoughts, he said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed; and no city or house divided against itself can stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter into the house of a strong man and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters. 31 Therefore, I tell you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven men. 32 And if one speaks a word against the Son of man it shall be forgiven him; but if one speaks against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven him either in this life or in that to come.
33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man, out of his good treasury, casts forth good things; and the evil man, out of his evil treasury, casts forth evil things. 36 But I tell you, that for every idle word which men speak they shall render an account in a day of judgment; 37 for by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
38 Then answered some of the scribes and Pharisees, saying, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.
39 But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they changed their minds at the preaching of Jonah; and behold a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold a greater than Solomon is here.
43 But when the impure spirit has gone out of a man, it goes through dry places seeking a rest, and finds none. 44 Then it says, I will return to my house from which I went out; and coming, it finds it empty, swept, and adorned. 45 Then it goes and takes with itself seven other spirits worse than itself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.
46 And while he was speaking to the multitudes, behold his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak to him. 47 And some one said to him, Behold your mother and your brothers stand without, desiring to speak to you.