1[F][3:1–5] Here Jesus is again depicted in conflict with his adversaries over the question of sabbath–day observance. His opponents were already ill disposed toward him because they regarded Jesus as a violator of the sabbath. Jesus’ question Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil? places the matter in the broader theological context outside the casuistry of the scribes. The answer is obvious. Jesus heals the man with the withered hand in the sight of all and reduces his opponents to silence; cf. Jn 5:17–18. Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand.