Matthew 15

CHAPTER 15

The Scribes and Pharisees Question Jesus

Then came forward to Jesus the ones from Jerusalem -- scribes and Pharisees, saying, Why do your disciples violate the tradition of the elders? for they do not wash their hands whenever [2bread 1they eat]. And he answering said to them, Why also do you violate the commandment of God through your tradition? For God gave charge, saying, Esteem the father and the mother! and, The one speaking evil of father or mother, by death shall come to an end. But you say, Who ever should say to the father or to the mother, A gift offering is what ever [2from 3me 1you should derive benefit]; and in no way should esteem his father or his mother; and you voided the commandment of God through your tradition. Hypocrites, well [2prophesied 3concerning 4you 1Isaiah], saying, [2approach 3me 1This people] with their mouth, and with the lips esteem me, but their heart is far off at a distance from me. But in vain they worship me, teaching instructions -- precepts of men. 10 And having called on the multitude, he said to them, Hear and perceive! 11 Not the thing entering into the mouth defiles the man; but the thing going forth from out of the mouth, this defiles the man. 12 Then having drawn near, his disciples said to him, Do you know that the Pharisees, the ones hearing the word, were offended? 13 And he answering said, Every plant which [4planted not 3father 1my 2heavenly] shall be rooted out. 14 Let them go! [3guides 1they are 2blind] of the blind. [3the blind 1And 5the blind 2if 4should guide], both [2into 3a cistern 1shall fall]. 15 And responding Peter said to him, Expound to us this parable! 16  And Jesus said, At this moment even [2you 3senseless 1are]? 17 Not yet do you comprehend, that all entering into the mouth [2in 3the 4belly 1has a space], and into the bowel is cast out?

That Which Defiles a Man

18 But the things going forth out of the mouth [2from 3the 4heart 1come forth], and those defile the man. 19 For from out of the heart come forth [2thoughts 1evil], murders, adulteries, harlotries, frauds, false witnesses, blasphemies. 20 These are the things defiling the man. But [2with unwashed 3hands 1to eat] does not defile the man. 21 And [2having gone forth 3from there 1Jesus] withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

The Canaanite Woman

22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from those borders coming forth cried out to him, saying, Show mercy on me, O Lord, O son of David; my daughter is badly demon-possessed! 23 And he did not answer her a word. And [3having come 2disciples 1his] asked him, saying, Dismiss her! for she cries out behind us. 24 And responding he said, I was not sent except unto the [2sheep 1lost] of the house of Israel. 25 And she having come did obeisance to him, saying, O Lord, help me! 26 And he answering said, It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to throw it to the little dogs. 27 And she said, Yes O Lord, for even the little dogs eat from the crumbs falling from the table of their masters. 28 Then responding Jesus said to her, O woman, great is [3of you 1the 2belief]; let it be to you as you want! And [2was healed 1her daughter] from that hour. 29 And having crossed over from there, Jesus came by the sea of Galilee; and having ascended into the mountain, he was sitting there.

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

30 And came forward to him [2multitudes 1great], having with themselves lame, blind, mutes, cripples, and [2others 1many]; and they dropped them by the feet of Jesus; and he cured them. 31 So that the multitudes marveled seeing mutes speaking, cripples in health, lame walking, and blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. 32  And Jesus having called on his disciples, said, I am moved with compassion over the multitude, for already [2days 1three] they remain with me, and they have not anything to eat; and to dismiss them hungry from fasting I do not want, lest at any time they faint in the way. 33 And [2say 3to him 1his disciples], From where is there for us, being in desolation, bread loaves for so many, so as to fill a multitude so great? 34 And [2says 3to them 1Jesus], How many bread loaves do you have? And they said, Seven, and a few small fishes. 35 And he bid the multitudes to recline upon the ground. 36 And having taken the seven bread loaves, and the fishes, having given thanks he broke and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37 And all ate and were filled. And they lifted up the abundance of the pieces -- seven baskets full. 38 And the ones eating were four thousand men, separate from women and children. 39 And having dismissed the multitudes, he stepped into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.
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