23One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath? 25And he said to them, Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions. 27Then he said to them, The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.
3Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, Come forward. 4Then he said to them, Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill? But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, Stretch out your hand. He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
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10 February 2011