Followers of Tradition

1 1The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come 2from Jerusalem,

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2 and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with 3impure hands, that is, unwashed.
3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless * they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the 4traditions of the elders;

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4 and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless * they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of 5cups and pitchers and copper pots.)

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    • b 7:4 - Or "sprinkle"
    • c 7:4 - Lit "baptizing"
      5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, "Why * do Your disciples not walk according to the 6tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with 7impure hands?"

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      6 And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: '8THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY * FROM ME.

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      8 "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the 10tradition of men."

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      9 He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your 11tradition.

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      11 but you say, 'If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever * I have that would help you is 14Corban (that is to say, given to God),'

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        • e 7:11 - Or "a gift," i.e. "an offering"
          12 you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;
          13 thus invalidating the word of God by your 15tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that."

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          The Heart of Man

          14 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:

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              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.
              16 ["If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."]

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                • f 7:16 - Early mss do not contain this verse
                  17 When he had left the crowd and entered 16the house, 17His disciples questioned Him about the parable.

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                  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,
                  19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated * *?" (Thus He declared 18all foods 19clean.)

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                    • g 7:19 - Lit "goes out into the latrine"
                      20 And He was saying, "20That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.

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                      21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,

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                        • h 7:21 - I.e. acts of sexual immorality
                          22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, 21envy *, slander, pride and foolishness.

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                            • i 7:22 - Lit "an evil eye"
                            • j 7:22 - Or "arrogance"

                              The Syrophoenician Woman

                              24 22Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of 23Tyre . And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice.

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                                • k 7:24 - Two early mss add "and Sidon"
                                • l 7:24 - Lit "and"
                                  25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.
                                  26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

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                                    • m 7:26 - Lit "Greek"
                                      27 And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

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                                        • n 7:27 - Or "proper"
                                          28 But she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children's crumbs."
                                          29 And He said to her, "Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter."

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                                            • o 7:29 - Lit "word"
                                              30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.

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                                                • p 7:30 - Lit "thrown"
                                                  31 24Again He went out from the region of 25Tyre, and came through Sidon to 26the Sea of Galilee, within * the region of 27Decapolis.
                                                  32 They brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they implored Him to 28lay His hand on him.

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                                                  33 29Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after 30spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;

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                                                  34 and looking up to heaven with a deep 31sigh, He said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"

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                                                  35 And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.

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                                                    • q 7:35 - Or "bond"
                                                    • r 7:35 - Lit "was loosed"
                                                      36 And 32He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they 33continued to proclaim it.

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                                                      37 They were utterly astonished, saying, "He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."