New International Version
How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good 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.
Darby Bible Translation
How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.
World English Bible
Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day."
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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How much then is a man better than a sheep? - Our Lord's argument is what is called argumentum ad hominem; they are taken on their own ground, and confuted on their own maxims and conduct. There are many persons who call themselves Christians, who do more for a beast of burden or pleasure than they do for a man for whom Christ died! Many spend that on coursers, spaniels, and hounds, of which multitudes of the followers of Christ are destitute: - but this also shall come to judgment.
Wherefore, it is lawful to do well, etc. - This was allowed by a multitude of Jewish canons. See Schoettgen.
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