But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make you ritually unclean. 1
For from your heart come the evil ideas which lead you to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others.
These are the things that make you unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should - this doesn't make you unclean."
Jesus left that place and went off to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon.
A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. "Son of David!" she cried out. "Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition."
But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, "Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!"
Then Jesus replied, "I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel."
At this the woman came and fell at his feet. "Help me, sir!" she said.
Jesus answered, "It isn't right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
"That's true, sir," she answered, "but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters' table."
So Jesus answered her, "You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you." And at that very moment her daughter was healed.