Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 5

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5: η ουκ ανεγνωτε εν τω νομω οτι τοις σαββασιν οι ιερεις εν τω ιερω το σαββατον βεβηλουσιν και αναιτιοι εισιν— edit Textus Receptus
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?— edit KJV text
5: Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple break the sabbath, and are without blame?— edit Douay text


Profane the sabbath. He referred them to the conduct of the priests also. On the sabbath days they were engaged, as well as on other days, in killing beasts for sacrifice, Num 28:9, Num 28:10. Two lambs were killed on the sabbath, in addition to the daily sacrifice. The priests must be engaged in slaying them, and making fires to burn them in sacrifice; whereas to kindle a fire was expressly forbidden the Jews on the sabbath, (Ex 35:3) they were obliged to skin them, prepare them for sacrifice, and burn them, They did that which, for other persons to do, would have been profaning the sabbath. Yet they were blameless. They did what was necessary and commanded. This was done in the very temple, too, the place of holiness, where the law should be most strictly observed.

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