Matt. 12:1 ¶ At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.

Matt. 12:2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Matt. 12:3  ¶ He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?

Matt. 12:4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.

Matt. 12:5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?

Matt. 12:6 I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.

Matt. 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Matt. 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”