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Matthew 12:6

    Matthew 12:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But I say to you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But I say to you that a greater thing than the Temple is here.

    Webster's Revision

    But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

    World English Bible

    But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 12:6

    In this place is one greater than the temple - Does not our Lord refer here to Malachi 3:1? Compare this with Hebrews 3:3. The Jews esteemed nothing greater than the temple, except that God who was worshipped in it. Christ, by asserting he was greater than the temple, asserts that he was God; and this he does, in still more direct terms, Matthew 12:8, The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath - is Institutor and Governor of it. Compare this with Genesis 2:3 (note), and see the notes there.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 12:6

    One greater than the temple - Here the Saviour refers to himself, and to his own dignity and power. "I have power over the laws; I can grant to my disciples a dispensation from those laws. An act which I command or permit them to do is therefore right." This proves that he was divine. None but God can authorize people to do a thing contrary to the divine laws. He refers them again Matthew 12:7 to a passage he had before quoted (See the notes at Matthew 9:13), showing that God preferred acts of righteousness, rather than a precise observance of a ceremonial law.

    Mark adds Mark 2:27 "the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." That is, the Sabbath was intended for the welfare of man; it was designed to promote his happiness, and not to produce misery by harsh, unfeeling requirements. It is not to be so interpreted as to produce suffering by making the necessary supply of wants unlawful. Man was not made for the Sabbath. Man was created first, and then the Sabbath was appointed for his happiness, Genesis 2:1-3. His necessities, his real comforts and needs, are not to be made to bend to that which was made "for him." The laws are to be interpreted favorably to his real wants and comforts. This authorizes works only of real necessity, not of imaginary wants, or amusements, or common business and worldly employments.