Matthew 12:12

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

How much then is a man better then a shepe? Wherfore it is lawfull to doe well on the Sabbath dayes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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 12:12

  • Adesola Paul for verse 12
    Matthew 12:12 makes us to understand how valuable we human beings are in the sight of God than any other animals or creatures. Despite how stiff-neckness, God still loves us among all others. Nothing can be used to out weight the soul of a man that is why Jesus died on the cross. It takes only the precious blood to be atoned for human beings because of their importance.

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