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Version 0.94.1, 30 December 2022

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Matthew Chapter 15

1Then the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, 2“Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3But he replied saying to them, “Why do you for your part transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4For God gave commandment, saying, ‘Honour your father and your mother’, and, ‘He who speaks ill of his father or mother must certainly die.’ 5But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, «That by which you might have been benefitted from me is a dedicatory gift», is acting correctly’, and he does not honour his father or his mother at all. 6So you invalidate the commandment of God by your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied well concerning you, saying,

8‘This people approaches me with their mouth,

And with their lips they honour me,

But their heart is far removed from me.

9They worship me vainly,

Teaching as doctrines

The commandments of men.’ ”

10Then he called the crowd and said to them, “Listen to this and understand: 11it is not that which goes into the mouth which defiles a man, but that which comes out of his mouth – that defiles a man.” 12Then his disciples came to him and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees take offence when they hear the word?” 13But he answered and said, “Every plant which my heavenly father did not plant will be uprooted. 14Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall in a pit.” 15Then Peter responded and said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16And Jesus said, “Are you too still lacking in understanding? 17Do you not yet understand that everything that goes into the mouth proceeds into the stomach and is discharged into the latrine? 18But the things which come out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those things defile a man. 19For out of the heart come evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20These are the things which defile a man. But eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” 21Then Jesus went out from there and withdrew to the districts of Tyre and Sidon, 22and it so happened that a Canaanite woman from those territories came out and cried aloud to him saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David. My daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and appealed to him and said, “Send her away, because she is shouting after us.” 24But he answered and said, “I have not been sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and worshipped him and said, “Lord, help me.” 26But he answered and said, “It is not right to take the bread of the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27But she said, “Indeed, Lord. But even the dogs eat from the crumbs which fall from the table of their masters.” 28Then Jesus answered and said to her, “Madam, great is your faith. Let it be to you as you wish.” And her daughter was cured from that hour. 29Then Jesus moved on from there and went beside the sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, and he sat there, 30and large crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed and many others, and they laid them down at the feet of Jesus, and he cured them, 31so that the crowds were amazed, seeing the mute speaking, the maimed restored, the lame walking and the blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel. 32Then Jesus called his disciples and said, “I feel compassion for the crowd, because it has been three days already that they have stayed with me and have not had anything to eat. And I do not want to dismiss them fasting, in case they faint on the way.” 33Then the disciples said to him, “Where can we get enough loaves to feed so large a crowd in such a desolate place?” 34At this Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you got?” Then they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35Then he ordered the crowds to recline on the ground, 36and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and he gave thanks, and he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, while the disciples gave it to the crowd. 37And they all ate and were filled, and they gathered up the excess pieces – seven hampers full. 38Now those who ate were four thousand men, excluding women and children. 39Then he dismissed the crowds and went on board the boat and went to the regions of Magdala.

Reference(s) in Chapter 15: v.4 ↔ Exodus 20:12, Exodus 21:17, Deuteronomy 5:16 ● v.8 ↔ Isaiah 29:13 ● v.9 ↔ Isaiah 29:13 ● v.31 ↔ Isaiah 35:5, Isaiah 35:6.

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