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Matthew 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Traditions and Commandments

(Mar 7:1–23 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:1 - Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:2 - “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:3 - He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:4 - For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:5 - But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:6 - he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word[fn] of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:7 - You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:8 - “‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:9 - in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

What Defiles a Person

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:10 - And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:11 - it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:12 - Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:13 - He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:14 - Let them alone; they are blind guides.[fn] And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:15 - But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:16 - And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:17 - Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:18 - But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:19 - For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:20 - These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

(Mar 7:24–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:21 - And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:22 - And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:23 - But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:24 - He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:25 - But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:26 - And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:27 - She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:28 - Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.[fn]

Jesus Heals Many

(Mar 7:31–37 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:29 - Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:30 - And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:31 - so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

(Mar 8:1–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:32 - Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:33 - And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:34 - And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:35 - And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:36 - he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:37 - And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:38 - Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 15:39 - And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
ESV Footnotes
Or is an offering
Some manuscripts law
Some manuscripts add of the blind
Greek is expelled into the latrine
Greek from that hour

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