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Mark 7 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Followers of Tradition

(Mat 15:1–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:1 - The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:2 - and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:3 - (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they [fn]carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:4 - and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they [fn]cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the [fn]washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:5 - The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:6 - And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:7 - ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:8 - “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:9 - He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:11 - but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, [fn]given to God),’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:12 - you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:13 - thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

The Heart of Man

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:14 - After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:15 - there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:16 - [[fn]If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:17 - When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:18 - And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:19 - because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and [fn]is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:20 - And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:21 - “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, [fn]fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:22 - deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, [fn]envy, slander, [fn]pride and foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:23 - “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

The Syrophoenician Woman

(Mat 15:21–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:24 - Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre[fn]. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; [fn]yet He could not escape notice.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:25 - But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:26 - Now the woman was a [fn]Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:27 - And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not [fn]good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:28 - But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:29 - And He said to her, “Because of this [fn]answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:30 - And going back to her home, she found the child [fn]lying on the bed, the demon having left.
(Mat 15:29–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:31 - Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:32 - They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:33 - Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:34 - and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:35 - And his ears were opened, and the [fn]impediment of his tongue [fn]was removed, and he began speaking plainly.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:36 - And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:37 - They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: with the fist
Or, sprinkle
Literally: baptizing
Literally: die the death
Or, a gift, i.e. an offering
Early mss do not contain this verse
Literally: goes out into the latrine
I.e. acts of sexual immorality
Literally: an evil eye
Or, arrogance
Two early mss add and Sidon
Literally: and
Literally: Greek
Or, proper
Literally: word
Literally: thrown
Or, bond
Literally: was loosed
See the NASB95 Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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