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1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. 9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. 22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. 38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. 46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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1 Deena E = "There are many references of the Pharisees accusing others of breaking the law.What is it that is in us that wants to see others get punished for breaking the law, but then when we mess up, we want others to cut us some slack? "
2 Cary W = "There is one in this place greater than the Temple of God... wow, what a statement to make to those who worship the Lord and the Temple.  And because of their false worship of the Temple, they condemned the very One for which the Temple was made."
3 Sarah R = "These verses are quoted from Isaiah 42:1-4."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "This certainly appears to be a very strange comment. According to Christianity, The Father, The Son and The Spirit are 3 distinct personalities contained in one unified being, God. Sort of like 3 sides of the same triangle. If that's the case, you would imagine that blaspheming any of them would have the same result, that cursing Jesus would affect the Father and/or the spirit however this does not appear to be the case at all. By his own admission, Jesus is saying that somehow he is "less than" the Holy Spirit, as equal partners of a triune Godhead would be equally affected, this however is not the case. Sins against Jesus or the Father are forgiven but sins against the Holy Spirit are not forgiven. Based on this, there is a clear distinction with regards to the hierarchy of the godhead and a lack of equality contained within the Christian concept of a 3 in 1 God. In addition, it would also appear that Jesus' death could not atone for all sin, such is the case with Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. If a person claims salvation in Jesus and at a later date speaks ill of the Holy Spirit, is that person saved or not? It appears not in this world nor in the world to come which means that Jesus' salvation is limited in this respect."
5 Sarah R = "While God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are One and equal in essence, They each have different roles within our Triune God. The Holy Spirit is often the executor of the will and plans of God. He works, empowers and equips (see Gen 1:2; Jdg 14:6; 1 Sam 19:23; Joel 2:28; Mt 12:28; Acts 2:4; 1 Cor 12:11; others). Since the "blasphemy" mentioned here refers to ascribing to Satan an act done by God, it makes sense to say this blasphemies the Holy Spirit, Who often is the One who acts or empowers one to act."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Jewish concept of "Ruach Hakodesh" or the "Shechina" is not the same as the Christian understanding. Where Christians believe that the "Holy Spirit" is separate from God, Judaism looks at the above (Gen 1:2; Jdg 14:6; 1 Sam 19:23; Joel 2:28) as an "attribute" or quality of God instead of a distinct personality. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_%28Judaism%29What is interesting to note, out of the 3 major Abrahamic religions, Jews may worship in a Mosque as Muslims and Jews worship the same God of Abraham (Allah, El), however we are forbidden to pray in a Church. Both Islam and Judaism recognize the inseparable unity of God, where Christianity essentially ignores "God is one" but claims he is also three and also one at the same time. Not only do Jews and Muslims find the concept of the trinity impossible to comprehend, but most Christians cannot coherently state their understanding of the trinity either and therefore refer to it as a "mystery".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2cOLJXEgZA"
7 Sarah R = "What is "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit"?"As was noted earlier, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only sin in the Bible that is given the status of unpardonable or eternal. In fact, Jesus prefaced His discussion of this sin by stating that, “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men,” except for blasphemy against the Spirit. Using the working definition of blasphemy as “speaking evil of,” it becomes clear that the sin described by Jesus was a “tongue sin” that the Pharisees had committed, or at least were dangerously close to committing."What had the Pharisees done that would have put them in jeopardy of committing the unpardonable sin? According to His own testimony, during Jesus’ time on this Earth He cast out demons by the “Spirit of God” (Matthew 12:28). When the Pharisees saw that Jesus had performed a verifiable miracle, they could not argue with the fact that Christ possessed certain powers that others (including themselves) did not have. Therefore, in order to cast suspicion on the ministry of Jesus, they claimed that He was casting out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons. The name Beelzebub is simply another name for Satan (Franklin, 1936, p. 227), as can be seen from Jesus’ reference to Satan in Matthew 12:26. Even when faced by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit through Jesus, the Pharisees were, in essence, attributing Jesus’ power to Satan, and claiming that Jesus was “Satan incarnate instead of God incarnate. It is this, and nothing else, that our Lord calls theblasphemy against the Holy Ghost (or Spirit—KB)” (Franklin, p. 227)."- See more at: http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1218"