12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."
12:2 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."

12:3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
12:3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?

12:4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
12:4 He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.

12:5 Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
12:5 Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless?

12:6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
12:6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.

12:7 And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
12:7 But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

12:8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath."
12:8 For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

12:9 And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue.
12:9 He left that place and entered their synagogue;

12:10 And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.
12:10 a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him.

12:11 He said to them, "What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12:11 He said to them, "Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out?

12:12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
12:12 How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."

12:13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
12:13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other.

12:14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
12:14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

12:15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,
12:15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them,

12:16 and ordered them not to make him known.
12:16 and he ordered them not to make him known.

12:17 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
12:17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

12:18 "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
12:18 "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

12:19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
12:19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

12:20 he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory;
12:20 He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory.

12:21 and in his name will the Gentiles hope."
12:21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope."

12:22 Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
12:22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see.

12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"
12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"

12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it they said, "It is only by Be-el'zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons."
12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons."

12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;
12:25 He knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

12:26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
12:26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?

12:27 And if I cast out demons by Be-el'zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
12:27 If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

12:29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
12:29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered.

12:30 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

12:31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
12:31 Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

12:32 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

12:33 "Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
12:33 "Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

12:34 You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
12:34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

12:35 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
12:35 The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure.

12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;
12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter;

12:37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
12:37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."
12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

12:39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
12:39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth.

12:41 The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
12:41 The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

12:42 The queen of the South will arise at 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, something greater than Solomon is here.
12:42 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!

12:43 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
12:43 "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none.

12:44 Then he says, `I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
12:44 Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

12:45 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation."
12:45 Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation."

12:46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
12:46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him.

12:47 (Some one told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak to you")
12:47 Someone told him, "Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."

12:48 But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
12:48 But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"

12:49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
12:49 And pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!

12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."
12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."