Mark 7

Traditions and Commandments

1 a  Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes b  who had come from Jerusalem, 2they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were c  defiled, that is, unwashed. 3(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,
Greek  unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing
holding to e  the tradition of f  the elders,
4and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.
Greek  unless they baptize; some manuscripts  unless they purify themselves
And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as h  the washing of i  cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.
Some manuscripts omit  and dining couches
)
5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to k  the tradition of l  the elders m  but eat with n  defiled hands?” 6And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you o  hypocrites, as it is written,

p  “‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching as q  doctrines the commandments of men.’

8You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

9And he said to them, “You have a fine way of r  rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10For Moses said s  Honor your father and your mother’; and t  ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)
Or an offering
12then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13thus v  making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

What Defiles a Person

14And he called the people to him again and said to them, w  Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 x  There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”
Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear
17And when he had entered z  the house and left the people aa  his disciples asked him about the parable. 18And he said to them, Then ab  are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19since it enters not his heart ac  but his stomach, and is expelled?”
Greek goes out into the latrine
( ae  Thus he declared all foods clean.)
20And he said, af  What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft ag  murder, adultery, 22coveting, wickedness, deceit ah  sensuality ai  envy aj  slander ak  pride al  foolishness. 23 am  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

24And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
Some manuscripts omit  and Sidon
And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.
25But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 ao  Now the woman was a ap  Gentile aq  a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, Let the children be ar  fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and as  throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s at  crumbs.” 29And he said to her, For this statement you may au  go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

31 av  Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to aw  the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the ax  Decapolis. 32And they brought to him ay  a man who was deaf and az  had a speech impediment, and they begged him to ba  lay his hand on him. 33And bb  taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and bc  after spitting touched his tongue. 34And bd  looking up to heaven be  he sighed and said to him, Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 bf  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And bg  Jesus
Greek he
charged them to tell no one. But bi  the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
37And they were bj  astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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