1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.2But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.”3But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions,4how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?5“Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?6“But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.7“But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRECOMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Lord of the Sabbath
8“For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.10And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.11And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?12“How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”13Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
15But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,16and warned them not to tell who He was.17This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
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 PROCLAIMJUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.
19“HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT;
NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.
20“A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF,
AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT,
UNTIL HELEADSJUSTICE TO VICTORY.
21“AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILESWILL HOPE.”
The Pharisees Rebuked
22Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.23All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”