Matthew 15:1-20 Bible in Basic English

The Things That Defile

15 1  Then there came to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying, 2  Why do your disciples go against the teaching of the fathers? for they take food with unwashed hands. 3  And in answer he said to them, Why do you, yourselves, go against the word of God on account of the teaching which has been handed down to you? 4  For God said, Give honour to your father and mother: and, He who says evil of father or mother will be put to death. 5  But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is given to God; 6  There is no need for him to give honour to his father. And you have made the word of God without effect because of your teaching. 7  You false ones, well did Isaiah say of you, 8  These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 9  But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.

10  And he got the people together and said to them, Give ear, and let my words be clear to you: 11  Not that which goes into the mouth makes a man unclean, but that which comes out of the mouth. 12  Then the disciples came and said to him, Did you see that the Pharisees were troubled when these words came to their ears? 13  But he said in answer, Every plant which my Father in heaven has not put in the earth, will be taken up by the roots. 14  Let them be: they are blind guides. And if a blind man is guiding a blind man, the two will go falling into a hole together. 15  Then Peter said to him, Make the story clear to us. 16  And he said, Are you, like them, still without wisdom? 17  Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth goes on into the stomach, and is sent out as waste? 18  But the things which come out of the mouth come from the heart; and they make a man unclean. 19  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, the taking of life, broken faith between the married, unclean desires of the flesh, taking of property, false witness, bitter words: 20  These are the things which make a man unclean; but to take food with unwashed hands does not make a man unclean.


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