1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
2 “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they
don’t wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered them, “Why do you also disobey the commandment of
God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and
your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to
death.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother,
“Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to
God,” 6 he shall not honor his father or mother.’ You have made the
commandment of God void because of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites!
Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
8 ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth,
And honor me with their lips;
But their heart is far from me.
9 And in vain do they worship me,
Teaching as doctrine rules made by men.’”
10 He summoned the multitude, and said to them, “Hear, and understand.
11 That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which
proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
12 Then the disciples came, and said to him, “Do you know that the
Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?”
13 But he answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant
will be uprooted. 14 Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind.
If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15 Peter answered him, “Explain the parable to us.”
16 So Jesus said, “Do you also still not understand? 17 Don’t
you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly,
and then out of the body? 18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth
come out of the heart, and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart
come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false
testimony, and blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile the man;
but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t defile the man.”
21 Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and
Sidon. 22 Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and
cried, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is
23 But he answered her not a word.
His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away; for she cries
24 But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the
house of Israel.”
25 But she came and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
26 But he answered, “It is not appropriate to take the children’s
bread and throw it to the dogs.”
27 But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall
from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to
you even as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.
29 Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went
up into the mountain, and sat there. 30 Great multitudes came to him,
having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put
them down at his feet. He healed them, 31 so that the multitude wondered
when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind
seeing — and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the
multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to
eat. I don’t want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the
33 The disciples said to him, “Where should we get so many loaves in a
deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
35 He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; 36 and he took
the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the
disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. 37 They all ate, and were
filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left
over. 38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
39 Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the
borders of Magdala.
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