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And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:9 Is it lawful. Jesus here confirmed that the weekly Sabbath, while vitally important as a day of remembrance and rest and worship, was not to be regarded as a legalistic burden, but as a blessing and even as a special opportunity “to do good.”

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