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Mark 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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That Which Defiles

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:1 - The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:2 - and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:3 - (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:4 - When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[fn])

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:5 - So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:6 - He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:7 - They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:8 - You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:9 - And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[fn] your own traditions!

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:10 - For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[fn] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:11 - But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)—

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:12 - then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:13 - Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:14 - Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:15 - Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:17 - After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:18 - “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:19 - For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:20 - He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:21 - For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:22 - adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:23 - All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:24 - Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.[fn] He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:25 - In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:26 - The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:27 - “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:28 - “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:29 - Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:30 - She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:31 - Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:32 - There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:33 - After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:34 - He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:35 - At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:36 - Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 7:37 - People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
NIV Footnotes
Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches
Isaiah 29:13
Some manuscripts set up
Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
Some manuscripts include here the words of 4:23.
Many early manuscripts Tyre and Sidon
That is, the Ten Cities
BLB Footnotes for the NIV
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The NIV related footnote for 7:15 states:
Some manuscripts include here the words of 4:23.  
NIV

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