Matthew 15:1-20 Darby’s Translation

The Things That Defile

15 1  Then the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem come up to Jesus, saying, 2  Why do thy disciples transgress what has been delivered by the ancients? for they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. 3  But he answering said to them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God on account of your traditional teaching? 4  For God commanded saying, Honour father and mother; and, He that speaks ill of father or mother, let him die the death. 5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or mother, It is a gift, whatsoever [it be] by which [received] from me thou wouldest be profited: 6  and he shall in no wise honour his father or his mother; and ye have made void the commandment of God on account of your traditional teaching. 7  Hypocrites! well has Esaias prophesied about you, saying, 8  This people honour me with the lips, but their heart is far away from me; 9  but in vain do they worship me, teaching [as] teachings commandments of men.

10  And having called to [him] the crowd, he said to them, Hear and understand: 11  Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man; but what goes forth out of the mouth, this defiles the man. 12  Then his disciples, coming up, said to him, Dost thou know that the Pharisees, having heard this word, have been offended? 13  But he answering said, Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up. 14  Leave them alone; they are blind leaders of blind: but if blind lead blind, both will fall into a ditch. 15  And Peter answering said to him, Expound to us this parable. 16  But he said, Are ye also still without intelligence? 17  Do ye not yet apprehend, that everything that enters into the mouth finds its way into the belly, and is cast forth into the draught? 18  but the things which go forth out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those defile man. 19  For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies; 20  these are the things which defile man; but the eating with unwashen hands does not defile man.

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