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1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
After that, Pharisees and religion scholars came to Jesus all the way from Jerusalem, criticizing,
2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat."
"Why do your disciples play fast and loose with the rules?"
3 He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
But Jesus put it right back on them. "Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God's commands?
4 For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.'
God clearly says, 'Respect your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.'
5 But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"
But you weasel around that by saying, 'Whoever wants to, can say to father and mother, What I owed to you I've given to God.'
6 he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.
That can hardly be called respecting a parent. You cancel God's command by your rules.
7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
Frauds! Isaiah's prophecy of you hit the bull's-eye:
8 "'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn't in it.
9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
They act like they're worshiping me, but they don't mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy."
10 And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand:
He then called the crowd together and said, "Listen, and take this to heart.
11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person."
It's not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up."
12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
Later his disciples came and told him, "Did you know how upset the Pharisees were when they heard what you said?"
13 He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
Jesus shrugged it off. "Every tree that wasn't planted by my Father in heaven will be pulled up by its roots.
14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
Forget them. They are blind men leading blind men. When a blind man leads a blind man, they both end up in the ditch."
15 But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us."
Peter said, "I don't get it. Put it in plain language."
16 And he said, "Are you also still without understanding?
Jesus replied, "You too? Are you being willfully stupid?
17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?
Don't you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated?
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart.
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing.
20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."
That's what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands - that's neither here nor there." Healing the People
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Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.