12:1 At that time Jesus went, on the sabbath, through the fields of grain: and his disciples were hungry, and they began to pull the ears of grain and to eat.
2 And the Pharisees seeing it said to him: Behold, thy disciples are doing 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 they that were with him?
4 how he entered the house of God, and ate of the loaves of the presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but for the priests only?
5 or have you not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say to you, that something greater than the temple is here.
7 And if you had known what “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” means, you would not have condemned the blameless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath.
9 And he departed thence, and came into their synagogue.
10 And behold, a man had a withered hand; and they asked him, saying: Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath? that they might accuse him.
11 But he said to them: What man shall there be of you, who shall have one sheep; and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it up?
12 How much better then, a man is than a sheep: so then it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.
13 Then he says to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored to soundness as the other.
14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, that they might destroy him.
15 But Jesus perceived it and withdrew thence. And many folk followed him, and he cured them all,
16 and charged them that they should not make him known,
17 that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through 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 declare judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not contend nor cry out, neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking wick shall he not extinguish, till he send forth judgment to victory.
21 And in his name shall nations trust.
22 Then was brought to him a demoniac blind and dumb; and he cured him so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
23 And all the multitudes were astonished and said: Is this the Son of David?
24 But the Pharisees hearing it said: This man does not cast out the demons but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.
25 And knowing their thoughts he said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate; and no city or house divided against itself shall stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they shall be your judges.
28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out the demons, then has the kingdom of God already come upon you.
29 Or how can any one enter the house of the strong man and seize on his instruments, unless he first bind 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 For this reason I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 And who ever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that to come.
33 Either make the tree goodly and its fruit goodly, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for by the fruit the tree is known.
34 Brood 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 ; treasure brings forth good things; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say to you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
38 Then answered him some of the scribes and Pharisees, saying: Teacher, we wish to see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said to them: A wicked and adulterous generation seeks for a sign and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great 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 shall condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and lo, something, greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, because she came from the most distant parts of the earth, to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and lo, something greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit has gone out from the man, he goes through dry places seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says: I will return into my house whence I came. And he comes and finds it unoccupied, and swept, and adorned.
45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this wicked generation.
46 While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without seeking to speak to him.
47 And some one said to him: Behold, thy mother and thy brothers stand with out, seeking to speak to thee.
48 But he answered and said to him that told him: Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
49 And stretching forth his hand over his disciples, he said: Behold my mother and my brothers;
50 for whoever shall have done the will of my Father who is in the heavens, this is my brother, and sister, and mother.