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Matthew 15

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Christ reproves the Scribes and Pharisees for transgressing God's commandments through their own traditions;

15:1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,

15:2 “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat bread.”

15:3 He answered them,

“Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

15:4 For God commanded,

‘Honor your father and your mother,’ * *
and,
‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’ * *

15:5 But you say,

‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother,
“Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,”

15:6 he shall not honor his father or mother.’

You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. *

15:7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

15:8 ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honor me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.

15:9 And in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrine rules made by men.’” *

teaches how that which goes into the mouth does not defile a man.

15:10 He summoned the multitude, and said to them,

“Hear, and understand.

15:11 That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

15:12 Then the disciples came, and said to him,

“Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?”

15:13 But he answered,

“Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted.

15:14 Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind.
If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

15:15 Peter answered him,

“Explain the parable to us.”

15:16 So Jesus said,

“Do you also still not understand?

15:17 Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?

15:18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

15:19 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.

15:20 These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t defile the man.”

He heals the daughter of the woman of Canaan,

15:21 Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.

15:22 Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying,

“Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely demonized!”

15:23 But he answered her not a word.
His disciples came and begged him, saying,

“Send her away; for she cries after us.”

15:24 But he answered,

“I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

15:25 But she came and worshiped him, saying,

“Lord, help me.”

15:26 But he answered,

“It is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

15:27 But she said,

“Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

15:28 Then Jesus answered her,

“Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour.

and other great multitudes;

15:29 Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.

15:30 Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them,

15:31 so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing — and they glorified the God of Israel.

and with seven loaves and a few little fishes feeds four thousand men, beside women and children.

15:32 Jesus summoned his disciples and said,

“I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way.”

15:33 The disciples said to him,

“Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?”

15:34 Jesus said to them,

“How many loaves do you have?”
They said,
“Seven, and a few small fish.”

15:35 He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; * *

15:36 and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

15:37 They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.

15:38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

15:39 Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.

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