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1 One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to confront Jesus. 1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and
2 They noticed that some of Jesus' disciples failed to follow the usual Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. 2 saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed.
3 (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands, as required by their ancient traditions. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.
4 Similarly, they eat nothing bought from the market unless they have immersed their hands in water. This is but one of many traditions they have clung to -- such as their ceremony of washing cups, pitchers, and kettles.) 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles. )
5 So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, "Why don't your disciples follow our age-old customs? For they eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony." 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"
6 Jesus replied, "You hypocrites! Isaiah was prophesying about you when he said, 6 He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
7 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God's commands with their own man-made teachings.' 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'
8 For you ignore God's specific laws and substitute your own traditions." 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."
9 Then he said, "You reject God's laws in order to hold on to your own traditions. 9 And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.' 10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, 'Sorry, I can't help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I could have given to you.' 11 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God),
12 You let them disregard their needy parents. 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.
13 As such, you break the law of God in order to protect your own tradition. And this is only one example. There are many, many others." 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
14 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. "All of you listen," he said, "and try to understand. 14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.
15 You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do! " 15 Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.' "
16 16 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.
17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowds, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the statement he had made. 17 "Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'?
18 "Don't you understand either?" he asked. "Can't you see that what you eat won't defile you? 18 For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean.")
19 Food doesn't come in contact with your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then comes out again." (By saying this, he showed that every kind of food is acceptable.) 19 He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.'
20 And then he added, "It is the thought-life that defiles you. 20 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
21 For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 21 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 22 All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "
23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God." 23 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He tried to keep it secret that he was there, but he couldn't. As usual, the news of his arrival spread fast. 24 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet.
25 Right away a woman came to him whose little girl was possessed by an evil spirit. She had heard about Jesus, and now she came and fell at his feet. 25 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
26 She begged him to release her child from the demon's control.Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 26 "First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
27 Jesus told her, "First I should help my own family, the Jews. It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs." 27 "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
28 She replied, "That's true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are given some crumbs from the children's plates." 28 Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
29 "Good answer!" he said. "And because you have answered so well, I have healed your daughter." 29 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
30 And when she arrived home, her little girl was lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone. 30 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.
31 Jesus left Tyre and went to Sidon, then back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. 31 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.
32 A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. 32 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue.
33 Jesus led him to a private place away from the crowd. He put his fingers into the man's ears. Then, spitting onto his own fingers, he touched the man's tongue with the spittle. 33 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ""Ephphatha!"" (which means, "Be opened!").
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and commanded, "Be opened!" 34 At this, the man's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
35 Instantly the man could hear perfectly and speak plainly! 35 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.
36 Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news, 36 People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
37 for they were completely amazed. Again and again they said, "Everything he does is wonderful. He even heals those who are deaf and mute." 37