“But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;”
King James Version (KJV)
12:3 Have ye not read what David did - And necessity was a sufficient plea for his transgressing the law in a higher instance.
Mt 12:3 Have ye not read. The Lord answers them by citing the case of David, who, under necessity, took, ate, and gave to his followers the show bread which it was lawful for priests only to eat. Necessity rose higher than ceremonial. See 1Sa 21:1-6.