12:1 At 1 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.
(1) Of the true sanctifying of the sabbath, and the breaking of
12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the a
shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for
them which were with him, but only for the priests?
(a) The Hebrews call it "bread of faces", because it stood
before the Lord all the week upon the golden table
appointed for that service; (Le 24:6).
12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath
days the priests in the temple b profane the sabbath, and
(b) When the priests do God's service on the sabbath day,
they do not break the law: much less does the Lord of
the Sabbath break the sabbath.
12:92 And when he was departed thence, he went into their
(2) The ceremonies of the law are not against the love of our
12:143 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council
against him, how they might destroy him.
(3) How far and in what aspect we may give place to the
unbridled rage of the wicked.
12:18 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 c judgment to the Gentiles.
(c) By judgment is meant a godly kingdom, because Christ
was to proclaim true religion among the Gentiles, and
to cast out superstition; and wherever this is done,
the Lord is said to reign and judge there, that is to
say, to govern and rule matters.
12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall
he not quench, till he d send forth judgment unto
(d) He will pronounce sentence and judgment, in spite of
the world and Satan, and show himself conqueror over
all his enemies.
12:224 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.
(4) A truth, be it ever so obvious, is subject to the slander
of the wicked: however, it ought to be resolutely defended.
12:255 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:
(5) The kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of the devil cannot
12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it
shall be forgiven him: 6 but whosoever speaketh against
the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in
this world, neither in the [world] to come.
(6) Of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
12:347 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak
good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the
(7) Hypocrites at length betray themselves even by their own
12:36 But I say unto you, That every e idle word that men
shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of
(e) Vain and unprofitable trifles, which for the most part,
men spend their lives in search of.
12:388 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees
answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
(8) Against perverse desires of miracles.
12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and f
adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there
shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet
(f) Bastard, who fell from Abraham's faith or forsook
the true worship of God.
12:419 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
(9) Christ teaches, by the sorrowful example of the Jews, that
there are none more miserable than they who put out the
light of the gospel which was kindled in them.
12:42 The queen of the g south shall rise up in the judgment
with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came
from the h uttermost parts of the earth to hear the
wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon
(g) He means the Queen of Sheba: whose country is south
in respect to the land of Israel; (1Ki 10:1-13).
(h) For Sheba is situated in the farthest coast of
Arabia at the mouth of the Arabian Sea.
12:4610 While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his]
mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak
(10) Christ teaches by his own example that all things
ought to be set aside in respect of God's glory.
12:4911 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples,
and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
(11) None are more near unto us than they that are of the
household of faith.