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Matthew 15

1 Then some P'rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him,
2 "Why is it that your talmidim break the Tradition of the Elders? They don't do n'tilat-yadayim before they eat!"
3 He answered, "Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition?
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, `If anyone says to his father or mother, "I have promised to give to God what I might have used to help you,"
6 then he is rid of his duty to honor his father or mother.' Thus by your tradition you make null and void the word of God!
7 You hypocrites! Yesha`yahu was right when he prophesied about you,
8 `These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.
9 Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.'"
10 Then he called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand this!
11 What makes a person unclean is not what goes into his mouth; rather, what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean!"
12 The talmidim came to him and said, "Do you know that the P'rushim were offended by what you said?"
13 He replied, "Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
14 Let them be. They are blind guides. When a blind man guides another blind man, both will fall in a pit."
15 Kefa said to him, "Explain the parable to us."
16 So he said, "Don't you under stand even now?
17 Don't you see that anything that enters the mouth goes into the stomach and passes out into the latrine?
18 But what comes out of your mouth is actually coming from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean.
19 For out of the heart come forth wicked thoughts, murder, adultery and other kinds of sexual immorality, theft, lies, slanders. . . .
20 These are what really make a person unclean, but eating without doing n'tilat-yadayim does not make a person unclean."
21 Yeshua left that place and went off to the region of Tzor and Tzidon.
22 A woman from Kena`an who was living there came to him, pleading, "Sir, have pity on me. Son of David! My daughter is cruelly held under the power of demons!"
23 But Yeshua did not say a word to her. Then his talmidim came to him and urged him, "Send her away, because she is following us and keeps pestering us with her crying."
24 He said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Isra'el."
25 But she came, fell at his feet and said, "Sir, help me!"
26 He answered, "It is not right to take the children's food and toss it to their pet dogs."
27 She said, "That is true, sir, but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their master's table."
28 Then Yeshua answered her, "Lady, you are a person of great trust. Let your desire be granted." And her daughter was healed at that very moment.
29 Yeshua left there and went along the shore of Lake Kinneret. He climbed a hill and sat down;
30 and large crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them.
31 The people were amazed as they saw mute people speaking, crippled people cured, lame people walking and blind people seeing; and they said a b'rakhah to the God of Isra'el.
32 Yeshua called his talmidim to him and said, "I feel sorry for these people, because they have been with me three days, and now they have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry, because they might collapse on the way home."
33 The talmidim said to him, "Where will we find enough loaves of bread in this remote place to satisfy so big a crowd?"
34 Yeshua asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few fish."
35 After telling the crowd to sit down on the ground,
36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, made a b'rakhah, broke the loaves and gave them to the talmidim, who gave them to the people.
37 Every one ate his fill, and they took seven large baskets full of the leftover pieces.
38 Those eating numbered four thousand men, plus women and children.
39 After sending the crowd away, he got in the boat and went off to the region of Magadan.
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