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?
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Tertullian of Carthage
Wishing, therefore, to initiate them into this meaning of the law by the restoration of the withered hand, He requires, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath-days to do good, or not? to save life, or to destroy it? "