Christ healing the man with a withered hand, Byzantine mosaic.
Christ healing the man with a withered hand, Byzantine mosaic.

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath in one of his miracles recounted in the Gospels, namely in Matthew 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-6, and Luke 6:6-11.[1][2][3][4]

Biblical accounts

On a Sabbath when Jesus went into the synagogue, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse him, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath and (in Matthew's Gospel) they asked him: "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" In Mark and Luke it is Jesus who asks whether it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath. By way of reply in the Gospel of Matthew:

He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.

According to the Mark's account, the Pharisees then went out and began to plot with the Herodians, their "natural enemies",[5] how they might kill Jesus (how they might destroy Him).[6]


This miracle is the subject of the spoken sermon portion of composer John Adams' 1973 "Christian Zeal and Activity".

See also




  • Evans, Craig A. (2003). The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: Matthew-Luke. David C Cook. ISBN 978-0-7814-3868-1.
  • Wright, Tom (2001). Mark for Everyone. London: SPCK. ISBN 9781611640373.