How much then is a man better than a sheep? Why it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
ContextHealing on the Sabbath
9And when he was departed there, he went into their synagogue: 10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11And he said to them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Why it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13Then said he to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.
How much better is a man than a sheep? Therefore it it lawful to do a good deed on the sabbath days.
Darby Bible Translation
How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.
King James Bible
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Young's Literal Translation
How much better, therefore, is a man than a sheep? -- so that it is lawful on the sabbaths to do good.'