Matthew 15

Then came to Jesus Pharisees and Scribes that were from Jerusalem, and said: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders, and wash not their hands when they eat bread? Jesus replied and said to them: Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God, on account of your tradition? For God hath said: Honor thy father, and thy mother; and he that revileth his father or his mother, shall be put to death. But ye say : Whosoever shall say to a father or to a mother, Be that my offering, by which ye get profit from me: then he must not honor his father or his mother. And thus ye make void the word of God, for the sake of your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did the prophet Isaiah prophesy of you, and say : This people honoreth me with the lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they pay me homage, while they teach doctrines that are the precepts of men. 10 And he called the multitudes, and said to them, Hear and understand. 11 Not that which entereth the mouth, defileth a man; but that which proceedeth from the mouth, that defileth a man. 12 Then came his disciples, and said to him: Knowest thou, that the Pharisees were offended when they heard that speech? 13 And he replied, and said to them: Every plant, which my Father who is in heaven hath not planted, shall be eradicated. 14 Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if a blind man leadeth one blind, they will both fall into the ditch. 15 And Simon Cephas answered and said to him: My Lord, explain to us this similitude. 16 And he said to them: Are ye also, up to this time, without understanding? 17 Know ye not, that whatever entereth the mouth, passeth into the belly, and from there is ejected by purgation? 18 But that which proceedeth from the mouth, cometh from the heart: and that is what defileth a man. 19 For, from the heart proceed evil thoughts, adultery, murder, whoredom, theft, false testimony, reviling. 20 These are the things that defile a man. But if a man eat while his hands are unwashed, he is not defiled. 21 And Jesus departed from there, and went to the confines of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And lo, a woman, a Canaanitess from those confines, came forth, calling out and saying: Compassionate me, my Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grievously distressed by a demon. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and requested of him, and said: Send her away, for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said to them: I am not sent, except to the sheep that have strayed from the house of Israel. 25 And she came, and worshipped him, and said: Help me, my Lord. 26 Jesus said to her: It is not proper, to take the bread of the children and throw it to the dogs. 27 And she said: Even so, my Lord; yet the dogs eat of the fragments that fall from the tables of their masters, and live. 28 Then Jesus said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it to thee, as thou desirest. And her daughter was cured from that hour. 29 And Jesus departed from there, and came to the side of the sea of Galilee: and he ascended a mountain, and sat there. 30 And great multitudes came to him; and with them were the lame, and the blind, and the dumb, and the maimed, and many others: and they laid them at the feet of Jesus, and he healed them. 31 So that the multitudes were amazed, when they saw the dumb speaking, and the maimed made whole, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they praised the God of Israel. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples, and said to them: I pity this multitude; for lo, these three days they have continued with me, and they have nothing to eat: and I am unwilling to send them away fasting, lest they faint by the way. 33 His disciples say to him: Whence can we get bread in the wilderness, to satisfy all this multitude? 34 Jesus said to them, How many loaves have ye? They said to him, Seven, and a few little fishes. 35 And he commanded the multitudes to recline on the ground. 36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 37 And they all ate, and were satisfied. And they took up the remains of fragments, seven full baskets. 38 And they that had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And when he had sent away the multitudes, he took ship, and came to the coasts of Magdala.
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