Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 12

1 At that time a Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to b pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!" 3 But He said to them, "Have you not read c what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 "how he entered the house of God and ate d the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, e but only for the priests? 5 "Or have you not read in the f law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple 1 profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 "Yet I say to you that in this place there is g One greater than the temple. 7 "But if you had known what this means, h 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' 2 you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 "For the Son of Man is Lord 3 even of the Sabbath."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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