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Matthew 12:1-50

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

3He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’12:7 Hosea 6:6 you would not have condemned the innocent. 8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

9Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

God’s Chosen Servant

15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16He warned them not to tell others about him. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,

the one I love, in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

19He will not quarrel or cry out;

no one will hear his voice in the streets.

20A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,

till he has brought justice through to victory.

21In his name the nations will put their hope.”12:21 Isaiah 42:1-4

Jesus and Beelzebul

22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

24But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

29“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

30“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Sign of Jonah

38Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.

43“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

46While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 12:1-50

Yesu Yɛ Homeda Wura

1Homeda bi, Yesu ne nʼasuafo no kɔfaa aburowfuw bi mu. Wɔnam aburowfuw no mu no, ɔkɔm dee asuafo no ma wɔpenpan aburow no bi wee. 2Farisifo bi huu nea asuafo no reyɛ no, anyɛ wɔn abodwo. Wobisaa Yesu se, “Woahu sɛ wʼasuafo no abu Homeda mmara no so?”

3Yesu nso bisaa wɔn se, “Monkenkan nea Ɔhene Dawid yɛe, bere a ɔkɔm dee ɔne wɔn a na wɔka ne ho no? 4Wɔkɔɔ Onyankopɔn fi kodii brodo a wɔde abɔ afɔre, a anka wonni ho kwan sɛ wodi, gye ɔsɔfo nko ara no. Ɛno nso yɛ mmara so bu? 5Na monnsan nkenkan mfii Mose mmara no mu, sɛ asɔfo a wɔyɛ hyiadan mu adwuma no tumi yɛ adwuma Homeda nso? 6Mereka ama moate ase sɛ, nea ɔkyɛn hyiadan no wɔ ha! 7Sɛ moate asɛm a ese, ‘Mmɔborɔhunu na mepɛ na ɛnyɛ afɔrebɔ’ no ase yiye a, anka moremmu wɔn a wonni fɔ no fɔ. 8Na me, Onipa Ba no, meyɛ Homeda no wura.”

9Yesu fii nea ɔwɔ hɔ no kɔɔ hyiadan mu. 10Ohuu ɔbarima bi wɔ ɔdan mu hɔ a na ne nsa baako awu. Farisifo no bisaa Yesu se, “Enti mmara ma ho kwan sɛ obi sa yare Homeda ana?”12.10 Mmara akyerɛkyerɛfo mma ayaresa ho kwan homeda; gye sɛ wohu sɛ, sɛ wɔansa ɔyarefo no yare da no ara na ade kye a, obewu. Obi a na ne nsa awu no de, na ɛnyɛ nea owu hunahuna no. Wobisaa eyi sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobenya kwan atoto nʼano na wɔakyere no!

11Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Mo mu hena na ɔwɔ oguan baako na sɛ ɔkɔtɔ amoa mu Homeda a, ɔrenyi no? Ɔkwan biara so wobɛkɔ akoyi no. 12Onipa som bo sen oguan! Eyi nti ɛwɔ ho kwan sɛ wɔyɛ papa Homeda.”

13Afei Yesu ka kyerɛɛ nea ne nsa awu no se, “Teɛ wo nsa!” Ɔyarefo no teɛɛ ne nsa. Ɔteɛɛ ne nsa no ahoɔden baa mu ma ɛyɛɛ sɛ baako no. 14Farisifo no fii adi kotuu sɛnea wɔbɛkyere Yesu akum no no ho agyina.

15Esiane sɛ na onim pɔw a wɔrebɔ wɔ ne ho no nti, ofii hyiadan no mu maa nnipadɔm dii nʼakyi. Ɔsaa wɔn mu ayarefo no nyinaa yare. 16Nanso ɔbɔɔ wɔn ano se wɔmmmɔ nʼanwonwade a ɔyɛɛ no ho dawuru. 17Na nkɔm a Odiyifo Yesaia hyɛɛ no aba mu se:

18“Monhwɛ mʼakoa a mayi no,

nea medɔ no a me kra ani sɔ no,

mede me honhom begu no so,

na wabu amanaman atɛn.

19Ɔrenko, na ɔrenteɛteɛ mu.

Na obi rente ne nne wɔ abɔnten so!

20Ɔrensɛe demmire a ɛyɛ mmerɛw no.

Kanea ntamabamma a ɛnnɛw yiye no, ɔrennum;

kosi sɛ ɔnam atɛntrenee so de nkonimdi bɛba.

21Ne din bɛyɛ amanaman nyinaa anidaso.”

Farisifo Ka Se Yesu Yɛ Ɔbonsam

22Afei wɔde obi a ɔyɛ mum san yɛ onifuraefo, na honhommɔne nso wɔ ne so brɛɛ Yesu sɛ ɔnsa no yare. Yesu saa no yare ma ɔkasae, san huu ade. 23Nnipadɔm a wɔwɔ hɔ no ho dwiriw wɔn. Wɔkae se, “Ebetumi aba sɛ Yesu yi yɛ Dawid Ba no, Agyenkwa no ana?”

24Nanso Farisifo no tee anwonwade a Yesu yɛe no, wɔkae se, “Ɔnam ahonhommɔne nyinaa panyin, Ɔbonsam Beelsebul no so na otu ahonhommɔne.”

25Yesu huu wɔn adwene maa wɔn mmuae se, “Ahemman biara a edi mpaapaemu no ntumi nnyina. Saa ara nso na kurow anaa ofi biara a edi mpaapaemu no ntumi nnyina. 26Na sɛ ɔbonsam retu ɔbonsam a na ɛkyerɛ sɛ ɔne ne ho na ɛreko de asɛe nʼaheman. 27Na sɛ menam Beelsebul tumi so na mitu ahonhommɔne a, hena so na mo nkurɔfo nam tu ahonhommɔne? Saa na ɛte de a, mo nkurɔfo no ara na wobebu mo atɛn. 28Nanso sɛ menam Onyankopɔn Honhom so na mitu honhommɔne de a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn Ahenni no aba mo so.

29“Obi ntumi nkɔ ɔhoɔdenfo fi mu nkowia no, agye sɛ onipa ko no di kan de hama kyekyere no.

30“Obiara a onni mʼafa no, tia me. Na nea ɔne me mmoaboa ano no hwete mu. 31Mereka akyerɛ mo se, wɔde bɔne ne abususɛm nyinaa bɛkyɛ nnipa, nanso abususɛm a etia Honhom Kronkron no de, wɔremfa nkyɛ. 32Nea ɔbɛkasa atia Onipa Ba no, wɔde bɛkyɛ no. Nanso nea ɔbɛkasa atia Honhom Kronkron no de, wɔremfa nkyɛ no da biara da.

Dua Ne Nʼaba

33“Dua biara aba na wɔde hu ne su. Dua pa sow aba pa na dua bɔne nso sow aba bɔne. 34Awɔ mma! Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na abɔnefo sɛ mo atumi aka nea eye ho asɛm? Nea ayɛ koma ma abu so no na ano ka. 35Onipa pa anom asɛm da nnepa a ɛwɔ ne mu no adi. Saa ara na onipa bɔne nso anom asɛm da nnebɔne a ɛwɔ ne mu no adi. 36Mereka makyerɛ mo se, atemmuda no, asɛnhunu biara a obi aka no, obebu ho akontaa. 37Wʼanom asɛm so na wɔnam bebu wo bem anaa fɔ.”

Yona Nsɛnkyerɛnne

38Da bi, Yudafo mpanyimfo bi a Farisifo bi ka wɔn ho baa Yesu nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, ɔnyɛ nsɛnkyerɛnne bi nkyerɛ wɔn.

39Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Ɔman a wɔyɛ abɔnefo a wonni gyidi na wɔpɛ sɛ wohu nsɛnkyerɛnne. Nanso wɔrenhu nsɛnkyerɛnne biara ka Odiyifo Yona de no ho. 40Na sɛnea Yona kodii bonsu yam nnansa no, saa ara na ɛsɛ sɛ Onipa Ba no kodi asase mu nnansa. 41Atemmuda no Ninewe mmarima ne nnɛmma bɛsɔre ayi ɔman yi atɛn, efisɛ bere a Yona kaa asɛmpa no, wɔsakraa wɔn adwene. Nanso nea ɔsen Yona wɔ ha. 42Atemmuda no, Sebahemmea bɛsɔre atia ɔman yi, efisɛ ofi asase ano nohɔ betiee Salomo nyansa nsɛm. Nanso nea ɔsen Salomo no wɔ ha.

43“Saa ɔman nnebɔneyɛfo yi te sɛ obi a honhommɔne wɔ ne so. Sɛ honhommɔne no tu fi ne mu a, ekyinkyin, hwehwɛ homebea nanso ennya bi. 44Sɛ ɛba saa a, nea honhommɔne no ka ne se, ‘Mɛsan akɔ onipa a mifii ne mu bae no mu bio.’ Ɔsan kɔ onipa no mu na ohu sɛ ne mu da mpan, na wɔasiesie hɔ fɛfɛɛfɛ a, 45ɔsan nʼakyi kɔfa ahonhommɔne afoforo ason a wɔyɛ den kyɛn no ba ma wɔn nyinaa bɛtena ne mu. Eyi ma onipa no asetena no sɛe kyɛn ne kan asetena no.”

Yesu Ne Na Ne Ne Nuanom

46Bere a Yesu reka asɛmpa akyerɛ nnipadɔm wɔ ofi bi mu no, ne na ne ne nuanom begyinaa afikyiri pɛɛ sɛ wɔne no kasa. 47Nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no mu baako kɔka kyerɛɛ Yesu se, “Wo na ne wo nuanom gyina afikyiri hɔ pɛ sɛ wɔne wo kasa.”

48Yesu kae se, “Hena ne me na? Ɛhefo ne me nuanom?” 49Ɔkaa saa no, ɔde ne nsa kyerɛɛ nnipadɔm no ka kyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no se, “Eyinom ne me na ne me nuanom.” 50Ɔsan kaa bio se, “Obiara a ɔbɛyɛ mʼagya a ɔwɔ ɔsoro no apɛde no, ɔno ne me nuabarima, ne me nuabea ne me na.”