11The Pharisees and some of the scribesgatheredaround Him when they had come2from Jerusalem,
and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with 3impurehands, that is, unwashed.
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eatunless they acarefullywash their hands, thus observing the 4traditions of the elders;
and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eatunless they bcleanse themselves; and there are manyotherthingswhich they have received in order to observe, such as the cwashing of 5cups and pitchers and copperpots.)
The Pharisees and the scribesasked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walkaccording to the 6tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with 7impurehands?"
And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiahprophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:'8THISPEOPLEHONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,BUT THEIR HEART IS FARAWAY FROM ME.7'9BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'8"Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the 10tradition of men."9
He was alsosaying to them, "You are experts at settingaside the commandment of God in order to keep your 11tradition.10"For Mosessaid, '12HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER '; and, '13HE WHO SPEAKSEVIL OF FATHERORMOTHER, IS TO dBE PUT TO DEATH ';11but you say, 'If a mansays to his fatheror his mother, whatever I have that would help you is 14Corban (that is to say, egiven to God),'
12you nolongerpermit him to doanything for his fatheror his mother;13thus invalidating the word of God by your 15traditionwhich you have handeddown; and you domanythingssuch as that."
After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:15there is nothingoutside the man which candefile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.16
["fIfanyonehasears to hear, let him hear."]
17When he had left the crowd and entered16the house, 17His disciplesquestioned Him about the parable.
And He said to them, "Are you solacking in understandingalso? Do you not understand that whatevergoes into the man from outsidecannotdefile him,19because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and gis eliminated ?" (Thus He declared18allfoods19clean.)
And He was saying, "20That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.21"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evilthoughts, hfornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,22deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, i21envy , slander, jpride and foolishness.23"Alltheseevilthingsproceed from within and defile the man."
2422Jesus got up and wentaway from there to the region of 23Tyrek. And when He had entered a house, He wantednoone to know of it; lyet He could not escapenotice.
But after hearing of Him, a womanwhoselittledaughterhad an uncleanspiritimmediatelycame and fell at His feet.
26Now the woman was a mGentile, of the Syrophoenicianrace. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfiedfirst, for it is not ngood to take the children'sbread and throw it to the dogs."28
But she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogsunder the tablefeed on the children'scrumbs."
And He said to her, "Because of thisoanswergo; the demon has gone out of your daughter."30
And goingback to her home, she found the childplying on the bed, the demon having left.
3124Again He went out from the region of 25Tyre, and camethroughSidon to 26the Sea of Galilee, within the region of 27Decapolis.
They brought to Him onewho was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they implored Him to 28lay His hand on him.
3329Jesus 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;
and looking up to heaven with a deep31sigh, He said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"35
And his ears were opened, and the qimpediment of his tonguerwas removed, and he began speakingplainly.
And 32He gave them orders not to tellanyone; but the more He ordered them, the morewidely they 33continued to proclaim it.
They were utterlyastonished, saying, "He has doneallthingswell; He makeseven the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."