|But He said to them, Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, and those who were with him;|
The Pharisees said that it was not lawful for the Lord’s disciples to pick the ears in the grain fields and to eat, condemning them for acting contrary to the Scriptures. But the Lord answered, “Have you not read,” pointing out to them another aspect in the Scriptures that justified Him and His disciples. This condemned the Pharisees for lacking adequate knowledge of the Scriptures.
Read about what David did when he and those with him were hungry. They ate something, the showbread in the temple, which according to the Levitical regulations they should not have eaten. You Pharisees think that I have done something illegal. But have you not read that David and his followers did the same thing?” We must admire the Lord’s knowledge of the Bible.