Matthew 15:18

18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.

Matthew 15:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
ESV
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
NLT
18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.
MSG
18 But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart.
CSB
18 But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.

Matthew 15:18 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 15:18

But those things which proceed out of the mouth
Meaning not material things, as spittle, vomit but, as it follows, which

come forth from the heart:
are first conceived and formed there, and then come forth from thence, and are expressed by the mouth; as all idle words, foolish talking, filthy jesting, unsavoury communication, and every word that is rotten and corrupt, or which is done in the life and conversation;

and they defile the man:
the heart is the corrupt fountain from whence all moral defilement flows; and sinful words and actions are the impure streams, which spring from thence, and increase the moral pollution of human nature.

Matthew 15:18 In-Context

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.
17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?
18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45; James 3:6