Matthew 15:10-20 (Lexham English Bible)

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Defilement from Within

10 And summoning the crowd, he said to them, "Hear and understand: 11 It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth--this defiles a person." 12 Then the disciples came [and]a said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended [when they]b heard this saying?" 13 And he answered [and]c said, "Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 14 Letd them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit." 15 But Peter answered [and]e said to him, "Explain this parable to us." 16 But he said, "Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not understand that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the stomach and is evacuated into the latrine? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile the person. 19 For from the heart come evil plans, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, abusive speech. 20 These are the things that defile a person. But eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person!"
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