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Matthew 15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to interview Jesus. 1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
2 "Why do your disciples disobey our age-old traditions?" they demanded. "They ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat." 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
3 Jesus replied, "And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? 3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
4 For instance, God says, 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.' 4 For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
5 But you say, 'You don't need to honor your parents by caring for their needs if you give the money to God instead.' 5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,'
6 And so, by your own tradition, you nullify the direct commandment of God. 6 he is not to 'honor his father ' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was prophesying about you when he said, 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. 8 " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
9 Their worship is a farce, for they replace God's commands with their own man-made teachings.'" 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
10 Then Jesus called to the crowds and said, "Listen to what I say and try to understand. 10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.
11 You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do." 11 What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' "
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?" 12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"
13 Jesus replied, "Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be rooted up, 13 He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch." 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
15 Then Peter asked Jesus, "Explain what you meant when you said people aren't defiled by what they eat." 15 Peter said, "Explain the parable to us."
16 "Don't you understand?" Jesus asked him. 16 "Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked them.
17 "Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes out of the body. 17 "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?
18 But evil words come from an evil heart and defile the person who says them. 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands could never defile you and make you unacceptable to God!" 20 These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.' "
21 Jesus then left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter has a demon in her, and it is severely tormenting her." 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."
23 But Jesus gave her no reply -- not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. "Tell her to leave," they said. "She is bothering us with all her begging." 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."
24 Then he said to the woman, "I was sent only to help the people of Israel -- God's lost sheep -- not the Gentiles." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
25 But she came and worshiped him and pleaded again, "Lord, help me!" 25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.
26 "It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs," he said. 26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
27 "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even dogs are permitted to eat crumbs that fall beneath their master's table." 27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
28 "Woman," Jesus said to her, "your faith is great. Your request is granted." And her daughter was instantly healed. 28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
29 Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. 29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
30 A vast crowd brought him the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others with physical difficulties, and they laid them before Jesus. And he healed them all. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
31 The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn't been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking around, and those who had been blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the road." 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way."
33 The disciples replied, "And where would we get enough food out here in the wilderness for all of them to eat?" 33 His disciples answered, "Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?"
34 Jesus asked, "How many loaves of bread do you have?" They replied, "Seven, and a few small fish." 34 "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied, "and a few small fish."
35 So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.
36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.
37 They all ate until they were full, and when the scraps were picked up, there were seven large baskets of food left over! 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
38 There were four thousand men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.
39 Then Jesus sent the people home, and he got into a boat and crossed over to the region of Magadan. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.