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Mark 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus

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and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.

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(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.

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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])

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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?”

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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.

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They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[fn]

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You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

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And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[fn] your own traditions!

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For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[fn] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[fn]

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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)—

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then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.

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Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

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Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.

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Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.[fn]

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After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.

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“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?

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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.)

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He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.

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For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,

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All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

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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.

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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.

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The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

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“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.”

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“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

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Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

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She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”).

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At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

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Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.

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People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
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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

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