Mark 7

And there gathered about him Pharisees and Scribes, who had come from Jerusalem. And they saw some of his disciples eating bread, with their hands unwashed; and they censured it. For all the Jews and the Pharisees, unless they carefully wash their hands do not eat; because they hold fast the tradition of the Elders. And coming from the market-place, except they baptize, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they have received to observe, such as the baptisms of cups, and of pots, and of brazen vessels, and of couches. And the Scribes and Pharisees asked him: Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the Elders, but eat bread with their hands unwashed? And he said to them: Well did Isaiah the prophet prophecy concerning you, ye hypocrites; as it is written: This people honoreth me with its lips, but their heart is very far from me. And in vain do they give me reverence, while teaching as doctrines the precepts of men. For ye have forsaken the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men, the baptisms of cups, and of pots, and many things like these. He said also to them: Full well do ye spurn the precept of God, that ye may establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said: Honor thy father and thy mother; and whoever shall revile his father or his mother, shall surely die. 11 But ye say: If a man say to his father or to his mother, Be it my oblation, whatever thou mayest gain from me: 12 then ye suffer him not to do any thing for his father or his mother. 13 And ye reject the word of God, on account of the tradition which ye hand down. And many things like these, ye do. 14 And Jesus called all the multitude, and said to them: Hear, all ye; and understand. 15 There is nothing without a man which, by entering him, can pollute him. But that which cometh out of him, that it is that polluteth a man. 16 Whoever hath ears to hear, let him hear. 17 And when Jesus had entered the house, apart from the multitude, his disciples asked him about this similitude. 18 And he said to them: Are ye likewise so undiscerning? Do ye not know, that whatever from without entereth into a man, cannot defile him? 19 For it doth not enter into his heart, but into his belly, and is thrown into the digestive process, which carries off all that is eaten. 20 But that which proceedeth from a man, that defileth a man. 21 For from within, from the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adultery, whoredom, 22 theft, murder, avarice, malice, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, reviling, haughtiness, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile a man. 24 Thence Jesus arose, and went to the border of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and wished no man to know him; but he could not be concealed. 25 For immediately a woman, whose daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him; and she came, and fell before his feet, 26 (the woman was a Gentile from Phenicia of Syria), and besought him, that he would expel the demon from her daughter. 27 Jesus said to her: Permit the children first to be satisfied; for it is not becoming, to take the children's bread and cast it to dogs. 28 And she replied, and said to him: Yes, my Lord: and yet the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs. 29 Jesus said to her: Go thou; because of this speech, the demon hath departed from thy daughter. 30 And she went to her house, and found her daughter lying on a bed, and the demon gone from her. 31 Again Jesus departed from the border of Tyre and Sidon, and came to the sea of Galilee, to the border of Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a deaf and stammering man, and besought him to lay his hand on him. 33 And he led him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and spit, and touched his tongue, 34 and looked towards heaven, and sighed, and said to him: Be opened. 35 And immediately his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plainly. 36 And he charged them to tell no man of it: and the more he charged them, the more they proclaimed it. 37 And they admired exceedingly, and said: He doeth every thing excellently: he maketh the deaf to hear, and the speechless to talk.
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