Matthew 12:5

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?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Or haue yee not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath dayes the Priests in the Temple profane the Sabbath, and are blamelesse?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Or is it not said in the law, how the Sabbath is broken by the priests in the Temple and they do no wrong?
- Basic English Bible

Or have ye not read in the law that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
- Darby Bible

Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
- Webster's Bible

And have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath without incurring guilt?
- Weymouth Bible

Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?
- World English Bible

Or whether ye han not red in the lawe, that in sabotis prestis in the temple defoulen the sabotis, and thei ben with oute blame?
- Wycliffe Bible

`Or did ye not read in the Law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple do profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:5


12:5 The priests in the temple profane the Sabbath - That is, do their ordinary work on this, as on a common day, cleansing all things, and preparing the sacrifices. A greater than the temple - If therefore the Sabbath must give way to the temple, much more must it give way to me.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:5


Mt 12:5 The priests . . . profane the sabbath. The Sabbath was the busiest day of the week for the priests in the temple service. In this they rightly broke the ordinary Sabbath law, because the temple service set aside the law. Compare Joh 7:22,23.

Discussion for Matthew 12:5

  • Nkosinathi for verse 5
    I would like to believe that Our Lord was revealing to the keepers of Law the entirety of the Sabbath that it was, as all God 's Law rooted in love.And so the legality of law can only be nullified by doing work what is Godly.Since Law could not make anyone righteous before God, Christ was here to fulfill that particular lack, so that we could be made right with God

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