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Mark 7:1 ←
Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.
Mark 7:2 ←
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is unwashed, hands, they found fault.
Mark 7:3 ←
(For the Pharisees and all the Jews don’t eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
Mark 7:4 ←
They don’t eat when they come from the marketplace unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)
Mark 7:5 ←
The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why don’t your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?”
Mark 7:6 ←
He answered them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mark 7:7 ←
They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
Mark 7:8 ←
“For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.”
Mark 7:9 ←
He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
Mark 7:10 ←
For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother;’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’
Mark 7:11 ←
But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban,” ’ ” that is to say, given to God,
Mark 7:12 ←
“then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,
Mark 7:13 ←
making void the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down. You do many things like this.”
Mark 7:14 ←
He called all the multitude to himself and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Mark 7:15 ←
There is nothing from outside of the man that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.
Mark 7:16 ←
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Mark 7:17 ←
When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
Mark 7:18 ←
He said to them, “Are you also without understanding? Don’t you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can’t defile him,
Mark 7:19 ←
because it doesn’t go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, making all foods clean?”
Mark 7:20 ←
He said, “That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.
Mark 7:21 ←
For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts,
Mark 7:22 ←
covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
Mark 7:23 ←
All these evil things come from within and defile the man.”
Mark 7:24 ←
From there he arose and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house and didn’t want anyone to know it, but he couldn’t escape notice.
Mark 7:25 ←
For a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.
Mark 7:26 ←
Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.
Mark 7:27 ←
But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Mark 7:28 ←
But she answered him, “Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Mark 7:29 ←
He said to her, “For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
Mark 7:30 ←
She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.
Mark 7:31 ←
Again he departed from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and came to the sea of Galilee through the middle of the region of Decapolis.
Mark 7:32 ←
They brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him.
Mark 7:33 ←
He took him aside from the multitude privately and put his fingers into his ears; and he spat and touched his tongue.
Mark 7:34 ←
Looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”
Mark 7:35 ←
Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly.
Mark 7:36 ←
He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.
Mark 7:37 ←
They were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear and the mute speak!”