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. Chapter 15.

The Tradition of the Elders (Capernaum) - [ Mt.15.1-20 → ] - Mk.7.1-23

1 THEN JESUS WAS APPROACHED by a group of Pharisees and lawyers from Jerusalem, with the question: 2 'Why do your disciples break the old-established tradition? They do not wash their hands before meals.' 3 He answered them: 'And what of you? Why do you break God's commandment in the interest of your tradition? 4 [ Ex.20.12, Dt.5.16, Ex.21.17. ] For God said, "Honour your father and mother", and, "The man who curses his father or mother must suffer death." 5 But you say, "If a man says to his father or mother, 'Anything of mine which might have been used for your benefit is set apart for God', 6 then he must not honour his father or his mother." You have made God's law null and void out of respect for your tradition. 7 What hypocrisy! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 [ Is.29.13. ] "This people pays me lip-service, but their heart is far from me; 9 their worship of me is in vain, for they teach as doctrines the commandments of men." '

10 He called the crowd and said to them, 'Listen to me, and understand this: 11 a man is not defiled by what goes into his mouth, but by what comes out of it.'

12 Then the disciples came to him and said, 'Do you know that the Pharisees have taken great offence at what you have been saying?' 13 His answer was: 'Any plant that is not of my heavenly Father's planting will be rooted up. 14 Leave them alone; they are blind guides [Some witnesses insert: of blind men.], and if one blind man guides another they will both fall into the ditch.'

15 Then Peter said, 'Tell us what that parable means.' 16 Jesus answered, 'Are you still as dull as the rest? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes in by the mouth passes into the stomach and so is discharged into the drain? 18 But what comes out of the mouth has its origins in the heart; and that is what defiles a man. 19 Wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, slander—these all proceed from the heart; 20 and these are the things that defile a man; but to eat without first washing his hands, that cannot defile him.'

Jesus and his disciples

The Canaanite Woman's Faith - [ Mt.15.21-28 → ] - Mk.7.24-30

21 JESUS THEN LEFT that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from those parts came crying out, 'Sir! have pity on me. Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a devil.' 23 But he said not a word in reply. His disciples came and urged him: 'Send her away; see how she comes shouting after us.' 24 Jesus replied, 'I was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and to them alone.' 25 But the woman came and fell at his feet and cried, 'Help me, sir.' 26 To this Jesus replied, 'It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' 27 'True, sir,' she answered; 'and yet the dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters' table.' 28 Hearing this Jesus replied, 'Woman, what faith you have! Be it as you wish!' And from that moment her daughter was restored to health.

The Healing of Many People

29 After leaving that region Jesus took the road by the Sea of Galilee and went up to the hills. When he was seated there, 30 crowds flocked to him, bringing with them the lame, blind, dumb, and crippled, and many other sufferers; they threw them down at his feet, and he healed them. 31 Great was the amazement of the people when they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled strong, the lame walking, and sight restored to the blind; and they gave praise to the God of Israel.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand - [ Mt.15.32-39 → ] - Mk.8.1-10

32 Jesus called his disciples and said to them, 'I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away unfed; they might turn faint on the way.' 33 The disciples replied, 'Where in this lonely place can we find bread enough to feed such a crowd?' 34 'How many loaves have you?' Jesus asked. 'Seven,' they replied; 'and there are a few small fishes.' 35 So he ordered the people to sit down on the ground; 36 then he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and after giving thanks to God he broke them and gave to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the people. 37 They all ate to their hearts' content; and the scraps left over, which they picked up, were enough to fill seven baskets. 38 Four thousand men shared in this meal, to say nothing of women and children. 39 He then dismissed the crowds, got into a boat, and went to the neighbourhood of Magadan.

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