Mark 7

Tradition and Worship

Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus] , and they saw some of His disciples eating [with] hands [that were] defiled— that is, unwashed. Now in holding to the tradition of the elders, the Pharisees and all the Jews {do} not eat until they wash [their] hands ceremonially. And [on returning] from the market, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions for them to observe, [including] the washing of cups, pitchers, kettles, and couches for dining.
NE and WH do not include couches for dining
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned [Jesus] : “Why {do} Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eat with defiled hands.” Jesus answered them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘These people honor Me with [their] lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; they teach [as] doctrine [the] precepts of men.’
Isaiah 29:13
You have disregarded the commandment of God to keep the tradition of men.”
BYZ and TR include washings of cups and pots and many such things like these
He went on to say, “vvv You neatly set aside the commandment of God to maintain
NA establish
your [own] tradition.
10  For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’
Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
and, ‘Anyone who curses [his] father or mother must be put to death.’
Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9
11  But you say that if a man says to [his] father or mother, ‘ [The help] you would have received from me [is] Corban’ (that is, a gift committed to God) , 12  he [is] no longer permitted to do anything for his father or mother. 13  [Thus] you nullify the word of God by [the] tradition you have handed down. And you do so in many such [matters] .”

What Defiles a Man

14  Once again [Jesus] called the crowd [to Him] [and] said, “All of you, listen to Me and understand: 15  Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him; but the things that come out of a man, these are what defile [him] .”
BYZ and TR include 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
17  After [Jesus] had left the crowd [and gone] into [the] house, His disciples inquired about the parable. 18  “Are you still so dull?” He asked. “vvv Do you not understand? Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him, 19  because it does not enter his heart, but [it goes] into the stomach and then is eliminated.” ([Thus] all foods are clean.) 20  He continued: “What comes out of a man, that [is what] defiles [him] . 21  For from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
Many sources move adultery to verse 22
22  greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, [and] foolishness. 23  All these evils come from within, and [these are what] defile a man.”

The Faith of the Gentile Woman

24  [Jesus] left that place [and] went to the region of Tyre.
WH, BYZ and TR include and Sidon
Not wanting anyone to know [He was there] , He entered [a] house, but was unable to escape their notice.
25  Instead, a woman whose little daughter had [an] unclean spirit soon heard about Jesus, [and] she came [and] fell at His feet. 26  Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician origin, and she kept asking [Jesus] to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27  “First let the children have their fill,” He said. “For it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss [it] to the dogs.” 28  “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs
Or puppies
under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
29  Then [Jesus] told her, “Because of this answer, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 30  And she went home [and] found [her] child lying on the bed, and the demon was gone.

The Deaf and Mute Man

31  Then [Jesus] left the region of Tyre [and] went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee [and] into the region of [the] Decapolis.
That is, the Ten Cities
32  [Some people] brought to Him a man who was deaf and hardly able to speak, and they begged [Jesus] to place [His] hand on him. 33  [So] [Jesus] took him aside privately, away from the crowd, [and] put His fingers into [the man’s] ears. Then He spit [and] touched [the man’s] tongue. 34  And looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!” ). 35  Immediately [the man’s] ears were opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak plainly. 36  [Jesus] ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed [it] . 37  [The people] were utterly astonished [and] said, “He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak!”
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