At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath day, and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck the grain to eat.
2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day."
3 But he said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, along with those who were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have you not read in the law, how on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say to you that in this place is one who is greater than the temple.
7 And if you had known what this means, 'I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day."
9 And when he had departed, he went into their synagogue,
10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?" They asked the question so that they might accuse him.
11 And he said to them, "What man is there among you, who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days."
13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like the other.
14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, how they might kill him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew from there; and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all,
16 And warned them that they should not make him known;
17 So that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
18 "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry out; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he shall not break, and smoking flax he shall not quench, until he sends forth judgment to victory.
21 In his name the Gentiles shall trust."
22 Then a man possessed with a devil, who was blind and dumb, was brought to him; and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed and said, "Is not this the Son of David?"
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub the prince of the demons."
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
29 How can one enter into a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30 He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.1
31 Therefore I say to you that all manner of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this world or in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.2
34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say to you, for every idle [ineffective] word that men speak, they will give an account of the same in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."3
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees said, "Master, we desire to see a sign [miracle] from you."
39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh will rise in judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, one greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here.
43 When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, 'I will return into my house from where I came;' and when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so it shall be with this wicked generation."
46 Now while he talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him.
47 And someone said to him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to speak with you."
48 But he answered and said to him who told him, "Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?"
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples and said, "Behold my mother and my brothers!
50 For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."4