Matthew 15

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said to them, Why do you transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour your father and mother: and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death. But you say, Whoever shall say to his father or his mother, Whatever of mine might benefit you is a gift to God; Then he is free not to honour his father or his mother. Thus have you made the commandment of God void by your tradition. You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people honours me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10 And he called the multitude, and said to them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. 12 Then his disciples came, and said to him, Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 15 Then Peter answered and said to him, Explain to us this parable. 16 And Jesus said, Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand, that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false witness, slanders: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. 21 Then Jesus went from there, and departed to the districts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of that region, and cried to him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us. 24 But he answered and said, I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then she came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not proper to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, True, Lord: yet the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was made well from that very hour. 29 And Jesus departed from there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and went up on a mountain, and sat down there. 30 And great multitudes came to him, having with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and put them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them, 31 So that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they glorified the God of Israel. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples to himself, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint on the way. 33 And his disciples said to him, Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill so great a multitude? 34 And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you have? And they said, Seven, and a few little fish. 35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And he took the seven loaves and the fish, and gave thanks, and broke them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37 And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up the broken pieces that were left, seven baskets full. 38 And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And he sent away the multitude, and got into the boat, and came to the region of Magadan.
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