Matthew 15

Tradition and Commandment

1 a  Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus b  from Jerusalem and said, 2Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they c  do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3And He answered and said to them, Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said, ‘ d  Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘ e  He who speaks evil of father or mother is to
Lit die the death
be put to death.’
5But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been
Lit a gift; i.e. an offering
given to God,”
6he is not to honor his father or his mother
I.e. by supporting them with it
.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
7You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8i  This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
9But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as j  doctrines the precepts of men.’”

10After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, Hear and understand. 11 k  It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

12Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were
Lit caused to stumble
offended when they heard this statement?”
13But He answered and said, m  Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14Let them alone; n  they are blind guides
Later mss add of the blind
of the blind. And p  if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

The Heart of Man

15Peter
Lit answered and said
said to Him, r  Explain the parable to us.”
16
Lit and He
Jesus said, Are you still lacking in understanding also?
17Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is
Lit thrown out into the latrine
eliminated?
18“But u  the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 v  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries
I.e. sexual immorality
fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

The Syrophoenician Woman

21 x  Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of y  Tyre and z  Sidon. 22And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord aa  Son of David; my daughter is cruelly ab  demon-possessed.” 23But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting
Lit behind us
at us.”
24But He answered and said, I was sent only to ad  the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and ae  began
Or worshiped
to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26And He answered and said, “It is not
Or proper
good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
27But she said, “Yes, Lord;
Lit for
but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28Then Jesus said to her, O woman, ai  your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed
Lit from that hour
at once.

Healing Crowds

29 ak  Departing from there, Jesus went along by al  the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. 30And
Lit many
large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and an  He healed them.
31So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled
Or healthy
restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they ap  glorified the God of Israel.

Four Thousand Fed

32 aq  And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, ar  I feel compassion for the
Lit crowd
people, because they
Lit are remaining
have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”
33The disciples said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?” 34And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35And He directed the
Lit crowd
people to
Lit recline
sit down on the ground;
36and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and aw  giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 37And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large ax  baskets full. 38And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

39And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into ay  the boat and came to the region of az  Magadan.
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