New International Version

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.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 12:1-50

Homeda Ho Asɛnka

1Homeda bi, Yesu ne nʼasuafoɔ no kɔfaa aburoofuo bi mu. Wɔnam aburoofuo no mu no, ɛkɔm dee asuafoɔ no ma wɔpempanee aburoo no bi weeɛ. 2Farisifoɔ bi hunuu deɛ asuafoɔ no reyɛ no, anyɛ wɔn abodwo. Wɔbisaa Yesu sɛ, “Woahunu sɛ wʼasuafoɔ no abu Homeda mmara no so?”

3Yesu nso bisaa wɔn sɛ, “Monkenkanee deɛ Ɔhene Dawid yɛeɛ, ɛberɛ a ɛkɔm dee ɔne wɔn a na wɔka ne ho no? 4Wɔkɔɔ Onyankopɔn fie kɔdii burodo a wɔde abɔ afɔdeɛ a anka wɔnni ho kwan sɛ wɔdi, agye ɔsɔfoɔ nko ara no. Ɛno nso yɛ mmara so buo? 5Na monnsane nkane mfirii Mose mmara no mu, sɛ asɔfoɔ a wɔyɛ asɔrefie adwuma no tumi yɛ adwuma Homeda nso? 6Mereka ama moate aseɛ sɛ, deɛ ɔkyɛn asɔrefie no wɔ ha! 7Sɛ moate asɛm a ɛse, ‘Mmɔborɔhunu na mepɛ na ɛnyɛ afɔrebɔ’ no ase yie a, anka moremmu wɔn a wɔnni fɔ no fɔ. 8Na me, Onipa Ba no, meyɛ Homeda no wura”.

9Yesu firii deɛ ɔwɔ hɔ kɔɔ hyiadan mu. 10Ɔhunuu ɔbarima bi wɔ dan mu hɔ a na ne nsa baako awu. Farisifoɔ no bisaa Yesu sɛ, “Enti mmara ma ho kwan sɛ obi sa yadeɛ Homeda anaa?”12.10 Mmara akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ mma ayaresa ho kwan homeda; gye sɛ wɔhunu sɛ, sɛ wɔansa ɔyarefoɔ no yadeɛ da no ara na adeɛ kye a, ɔbɛwu. Obi a na ne nsa awu no deɛ na ɛnyɛ deɛ owuo hunahuna noɔ. Wɔbisaa yei sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a wɔbɛnya ɛkwan atoto nʼano na wɔakye no!

11Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mo mu hwan na ɔwɔ odwan baako na sɛ ɔkɔtɔ amena mu Homeda a, ɔrenyi no? Ɛkwan biara so wobɛkɔ akɔyi no. 12Onipa som bo sene odwan! Yei enti ɛwɔ ho kwan sɛ wɔyɛ papa Homeda.”

13Afei, Yesu ka kyerɛɛ deɛ ne nsa awu no sɛ, “Tene wo nsa!” Ɔyarefoɔ no tenee ne nsa. Ɔtenee ne nsa no, ahoɔden baa mu ma ɛyɛɛ sɛ baako no. 14Farisifoɔ no firii adi kɔtuu sɛdeɛ wɔbɛkyere Yesu akum no no ho agyina.

15Esiane sɛ na ɔnim ɛpɔ a wɔrebɔ wɔ ne ho no enti, ɔfirii hyiadan no mu maa nnipadɔm dii nʼakyi. Ɔsaa wɔn mu ayarefoɔ no nyinaa yadeɛ. 16Nanso, ɔbɔɔ wɔn ano sɛ wɔmmmɔ nʼanwanwadeɛ a ɔyɛeɛ no ho dawuro. 17Na nkɔm a Odiyifoɔ Yesaia hyɛɛ no aba mu sɛ:

18“Monhwɛ mʼakoa a mayi no,

deɛ medɔ no a me kra ani sɔ no,

mede me honhom mɛgu no so,

na wabu amanaman atɛn.

19Ɔrenko, na ɔrenteateam.

Na obi rente ne nne abɔntene so!

20Ɔrensɛe demmire ɛyɛ mmerɛ no.

Kanea ntoma a ɛnnɛre yie no, ɔrennum;

kɔsi sɛ ɔnam atɛntenenee so de nkonimdie aba.

21Ne din bɛyɛ amanaman nyinaa anidasoɔ.”

Farisifoɔ Ka Sɛ Yesu Yɛ Ɔbonsam

22Afei, wɔde obi a ɔyɛ mumu yɛ onifirani na honhommɔne nso wɔ ne so brɛɛ Yesu sɛ ɔnsa no yadeɛ. Yesu saa no yadeɛ ma ɔkasaeɛ sane hunuu adeɛ. 23Nnipadɔm a wɔwɔ hɔ no ho dwirii wɔn. Wɔkaa sɛ, “Ɛbɛtumi aba sɛ Yesu yi yɛ Dawid Ba no, Agyenkwa no anaa?”

24Nanso, Farisifoɔ no tee anwanwadeɛ a Yesu yɛeɛ no, wɔkaa sɛ, “Ɔnam ahonhommɔne nyinaa panin Ɔbonsam, Beelsebul no so na ɔtu ahonhommɔne.”

25Yesu hunuu wɔn adwene, maa wɔn mmuaeɛ sɛ, “Ahemman biara a ɛdi mpaapaemu no ntumi nnyina. Saa ara nso na kuro anaa efie biara a ɛdi mpaapaemu no ntumi nnyina. 26Na sɛ ɔbonsam nso ko tia ne ho a, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na nʼahennie agyina? 27Na sɛ menam Beelsebul tumi so na metu ahonhommɔne a, hwan so na mo nkurɔfoɔ nam tu ahonhommɔne? Saa na ɛteɛ de a, mo nkurɔfoɔ no ara na wɔbɛbu mo atɛn. 28Na sɛ mede Onyankopɔn honhom na ɛtu ahonhommɔne deɛ a, na Onyankopɔn Ahennie aba mo so.

29“Obi ntumi nkɔ ɔhoɔdenfoɔ fie mu nkɔwia no, agye sɛ, onipa ko no di ɛkan de ahoma kyekyere no.

30“Obiara a ɔnni mʼafa no, tia me. Na deɛ ɔne me mmoaboa ano no hwete mu. 31Mereka akyerɛ mo sɛ, wɔde bɔne ne abususɛm nyinaa bɛkyɛ nnipa, nanso abususɛm a ɛtia Honhom Kronkron no deɛ, wɔremfa nkyɛ. 32Deɛ ɔbɛkasa atia Onipa Ba no, wɔde bɛkyɛ no. Nanso, deɛ ɔbɛkasa atia Honhom Kronkron no deɛ, wɔremfa nkyɛ no da biara da.

Dua Ne Nʼaba

33“Dua biara aba na wɔde hunu ne su. Dua pa so aba pa na dua bɔne nso so aba bɔne. 34Awɔ mma! Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na abɔnefoɔ sɛ mo atumi aka deɛ ɛyɛ ho asɛm? Deɛ ayɛ akoma 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 sɛ, Atemmuo da no, asɛnhunu biara a obi aka no, ɔbɛbu ho akonta. 37Wʼanomu asɛm so na wɔnam bɛbu wo bem anaa ɛfɔ”.

Wɔpɛ Sɛ Yesu Yɛ Nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ Bi

38Ɛda bi, Yudafoɔ mpanimfoɔ bi a Farisifoɔ bi ka wɔn ho baa Yesu nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, ɔnyɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ bi nkyerɛ wɔn.

39Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɔman a wɔyɛ abɔnefoɔ a wɔnni gyidie na wɔpɛ sɛ wɔhunu nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ. Nanso, wɔrenhunu nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ biara ka Odiyifoɔ Yona deɛ no ho. 40Na sɛdeɛ Yona kɔdii bonsu yam nnansa no, saa ara na ɛsɛ sɛ Onipa Ba no kɔdi asase mu nnansa. 41Atemmuo da no, Ninewe mmarima bɛsɔre atia nnɛmma yi na wɔabu mo fɔ ɛfiri sɛ, ɛberɛ a Yona kaa asɛmpa no, wɔnuu wɔn ho. Nanso, deɛ ɔsene Yona wɔ ha. 42Atemmuo da no, Seba Ɔhemmaa bɛsɔre atia ɔman yi ɛfiri sɛ, ɔfiri asase ano nohoa bɛtiee Salomo nyansa nsɛm. Nanso, deɛ ɔsene Salomo no wɔ ha.

43“Saa ɔman debɔneyɛfoɔ yi te sɛ obi a honhommɔne wɔ ne soɔ. Sɛ honhommɔne no tu firi ne mu a, ɛkyinkyini, hwehwɛ homebea nanso, ɛnnya bi. 44Sɛ ɛba saa a, deɛ honhommɔne no ka ne sɛ, ‘Mɛsane akɔ onipa a mefirii ne mu baeɛ no mu bio.’ Ɔsane kɔ onipa no mu na ɔhunu sɛ ne mu da mpan, na wɔasiesie hɔ fɛfɛɛfɛ a, 45ɔsane nʼakyi kɔfa ahonhommɔne afoforɔ nson a wɔyɛ den kyɛn no ba ma wɔn nyinaa bɛtena ne mu. Yei ma onipa no asetena no sɛe kyɛn ne kane asetena no.”

Yesu, Ne Maame Ne Ne Nuanom

46Ɛberɛ a Yesu reka asɛmpa akyerɛ nnipadɔm wɔ efie bi mu no, ne maame ne ne nuanom bɛgyinaa afikyire pɛɛ sɛ wɔne no kasa. 47Nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no mu baako kɔka kyerɛɛ Yesu sɛ, “Wo maame ne wo nuanom gyina afikyire hɔ pɛ sɛ wɔne wo kasa”.

48Yesu kaa sɛ, “Hwan ne me maame? Ɛhefoɔ ne me nuanom?” 49Ɔkaa saa wieeɛ no, ɔde ne nsa kyerɛɛ nnipadɔm no, ka kyerɛɛ nʼasuafoɔ no sɛ, “Yeinom ne me maame ne me nuanom”. 50Ɔsane kaa bio sɛ, “Obiara a ɔbɛyɛ mʼagya a ɔwɔ ɔsoro no apɛdeɛ no, ɔno ne me nuabarima, ne me nuabaa ne me maame”.