Mark 7:14-37 New Revised Standard Version

14  Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15  there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." 16   17  When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18  He said to them, "Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19  since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20  And he said, "It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21  For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22  adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith

24  From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25  but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26  Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27  He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 28  But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." 29  Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go-the demon has left your daughter." 30  So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Dumb Man

31  Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32  They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33  He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34  Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." 35  And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36  Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37  They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

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