5.14 Disciples Pluck Corn on the Sabbath

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Mar 3 5.14 On a Sabbath, Jesus and his disciples were walking through a cornfield. His disciples were hungry, and they plucked, rubbed with hands, and ate some corn. Seeing this, the Pharisees said to Jesus, “See, your disciples are breaking the Sabbath.”

Jesus replied, “Havent you read that when David and his companions were hungry, they entered the temple, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, so permitted only to priests? Or how on Sabbath days, working temple priests break the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you, One greater than the temple is here. Had you known what this scripture means, I desire mercy1 and not sacrifice, you wouldnt have condemned the innocent. For the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath: the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”