Luke 6

Luke 6

 
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1 One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of wheat, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grains.

2 But some Pharisees said, "You shouldn't be doing that! It's against the law to work by harvesting grain on the Sabbath."

3 Jesus replied, "Haven't you ever read in the Scriptures what King David did when he and his companions were hungry?

4 He went into the house of God, ate the special bread reserved for the priests alone, and then gave some to his friends. That was breaking the law, too."

5 And Jesus added, "I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath."

6 On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.

7 The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched closely to see whether Jesus would heal the man on the Sabbath, because they were eager to find some legal charge to bring against him.

8 But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, "Come and stand here where everyone can see." So the man came forward.

9 Then Jesus said to his critics, "I have a question for you. Is it legal to do good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing harm? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?"

10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, "Reach out your hand." The man reached out his hand, and it became normal again!

11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.

13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:

14 Simon (he also called him Peter), Andrew (Peter's brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,

15 Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot),

16 Judas (son of James), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

17 When they came down the slopes of the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.

18 They had come to hear him and to be healed, and Jesus cast out many evil spirits.

19 Everyone was trying to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and they were all cured.

20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is given to you.

21 God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for the time will come when you will laugh with joy.

22 God blesses you who are hated and excluded and mocked and cursed because you are identified with me, the Son of Man.

23 "When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were also treated that way by your ancestors.

24 "What sorrows await you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now.

25 What sorrows await you who are satisfied and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger is before you. What sorrows await you who laugh carelessly, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.

26 What sorrows await you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

27 "But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.

28 Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.

30 Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back.

31 Do for others as you would like them to do for you.

32 "Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that!

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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