Matthew 12:12

“How much then is a man better then a shepe? Wherfore it is lawfull to doe well on the Sabbath dayes.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling.
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.

Other Translations

How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
- King James Version

"How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! For this reason it is right to do good on the Sabbath day.
- Basic English Bible

How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.
- Darby Bible

How much then is a man better than a sheep? wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
- Webster's Bible

Is not a man, however, far superior to a sheep? Therefore it is right to do good on the Sabbath."
- Weymouth Bible

Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day."
- World English Bible

How myche more is a man better than a scheep? Therfor it is leueful to do good in the sabatis.
- Wycliffe Bible

How much better, therefore, is a man than a sheep? -- so that it is lawful on the sabbaths to do good.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:12


12:12 It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day - To save a beast, much more a man.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:12


Mt 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? If sheep can be lifted out of its suffering on the Sabbath, why not much more a man? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. If the Sabbath day would preclude one from doing good, then it would be an evil.

Discussion for Matthew 12

  • D W L
    Jesus is in the Bible 943 times Our Father is 253 times Jehovah is in the Bible 4 times Jesus said ask the Father in my name and he will do it.
  • Obbie Beal
    verse 15-21 educate us of GOD's timing; we learn of another important moment in TIME when Jehovah / GOD 'once again' teaches us how great is HIS love for all mankind (as it relate to SALVATION); at this moment in Time GOD is preparing to mightily send the good-news of SALVATION through all the gentiles-lands: Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia, England, then across the sea to all of the Americas ...,
  • Bruce
    Neil: Verse 24: Pharisees Said Jesus is Casting Out Devils by Beelzebub The Prince of Devils. Verses 31-32: Speaking Blasphemy Against The Holy Ghost Will not be Forgiven, Never/ Not Believing is Not Blasphemy Against The Holy Ghost. All are Non-believers.Only When The Father Calls(John 6:44) Ask Forgiveness(1John 1:9) Washed by His Blood(Revelation 1:5) Baptized with The Holy Ghost(Mark 1:8)
  • Bruce
    Steve Read Verse 24. Their Saying Christ is Casting Out devils by Beelzebub( Calling The Holy Ghost The Prince of Devils)
  • Bruce
    The Lord is Longsuffering to us-ward, not Willing that Any should Perish, But that All should Come to Repentance (2Peter3:9) Enter Ye in at The Strait Gate: for Wide is The Gate and Broad is The Way that Leadeth to Destruction and Many there be Which go in thereat:Because Strait is The Gate and Narrow is The Way that Leadeth to Life and Few there be that Find it(Matthew 7: 13-14)
  • I AM THAT I AM
    Every oppressed spirit that is of God comes to repentance and shall be forgiven as this is the will of the Lord. That oppressing spirit of antichrist confesses not that Jesus, even this Christ child, is come in the flesh this very day and therefore, is not forgiven in any generation of this world (soon to be made void, again.) That antichrist spirit is a deceiver as it knows Christ IS here, NOW.

What Do You Think of Matthew 12?

Share your own thoughts or commentary here...

Notify me if someone responds on this discussion/thread

Bible Options

Sponsored Links