After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
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.
["If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."]
When he had left the crowd and entered 1the house, 2His disciples questioned Him about the parable.
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,
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated ?" (Thus He declared 3all foods 4clean.)
And He was saying, "5That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
eeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, 6envy , slander, pride and foolishness.
"All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."
7Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of 8Tyre . And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice.
But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.
Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
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."
But she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children's crumbs."
And He said to her, "Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.
9Again He went out from the region of 10Tyre, and came through Sidon to 11the Sea of Galilee, within the region of 12Decapolis.
They brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they implored Him to 13lay His hand on him.
14Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after 15spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;
and looking up to heaven with a deep 16sigh, He said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"
And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.
And 17He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they 18continued to proclaim it.
They were utterly astonished, saying, "He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."