Traditions and Commandments1
Then Pharisees and experts in the law from Jerusalem come to Jesus, saying,
“Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3And he answered and said to them, “Why do even you yourselves transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4For God said, Honor your father and your mother,aand, Whoever speaks evil of his father or mother, let him be put to death.b
But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or his mother, “Whatever you might have gained from me is a gift given to God
and he does not honor his father. And thus
you have made void the word of God because of your tradition.
You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying,
8This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
9Moreover, in vain do they show devotion to me, teaching as their doctrines the commandments of men.”c
What Defiles a Person10
And he called to him the multitude and said to them, “Hear and understand:
not what goes into the mouth that defiles the person, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the person.”
Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees fell away offended
when they heard this saying?”
But he answered and said, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
And Peter answered and said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
And he said, “Are you—even you—still without understanding?
17Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled into the toilet?
18But the things that come out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the person.
19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false witness, insults.
These are the things that defile the person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the person.”
The Trust of a Canaanite Woman21
And Jesus went away from there and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22And Look!, a Canaanite woman came out from that area and began crying out, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David, my daughter is grievously demonized.”
23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and kept asking him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps on crying out as she follows us.”
But he answered and said, “I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25But she came and began to bow down before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
26And he answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
27But she said, “Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their lords’ table.”
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your trust. Let it be done for you even as you want.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.
The Feeding of the Four Thousand29
And Jesus departed from there and came close to the Sea of Galilee, and he went up into the mountain and sat there.
And great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they laid them down at his feet and he healed them.
31As a result, the multitude was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, and lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.
And Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have remained with me now three days and have nothing to eat, and I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
And the disciples say to him, “Where could we get so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude?”
And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground,
and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and he gave thanks and broke them
, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples gave
to the multitudes.
37And they all ate and were filled, and they took up what remained of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.
And those who ate were 4,000 men, besides women and children.
And after sending away the multitudes he got into the boat and came into the area of Magadan.