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Traditions and Commandments

1Then Pharisees and experts in the law from Jerusalem come to Jesus, saying,
  2“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,a and, Whoever speaks evil of his father or mother, let him be put to death.b
  5But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or his mother, “Whatever benefit you might have gained from me is a gift given to God;”’
  6and he does not honor his father. And thus you have set aside the word of God because of your tradition.
  7You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying,
  8These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
  9Moreover, they worship me in vain, teaching as their doctrines the commandments of men.”c

What Defiles a Person

10And he called the crowd to himself and said to them, “Hear and understand:
  11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles the person, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the person.”
  12Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees fell away offended when they heard this saying?”
  13But he answered and said, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
  14Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
  15And Peter answered and said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
  16And he said, “Do you also still not understand?
  17Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled into the sewer?
  18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile the person.
  19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false witness, insults.
  20These are the things that defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a person.”

The Trust of a Canaanite Woman

21And 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 cruelly afflicted by a demon.”
  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.”
  24But he answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
  25But she came and bowed 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 pet dogs.”
  27But she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their lords’ table.”
  28Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your trust. Let it be done for you as you want.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

29And Jesus departed from there and came close to the Sea of Galilee, and he went up onto the mountain and sat there.
  30And 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 crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.

32And Jesus called his disciples to himself and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have remained with me for three days and have nothing to eat, and I do not want to send them away hungry because they might faint on the way.”
  33And the disciples said to him, “Where could we get so many loaves in such a remote place that we could satisfy so great a crowd?”
  34And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
  35And he commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground,
  36and he took the seven loaves and the fish and, after he gave thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd.
  37And they all ate and were filled, and they collected what was left over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full.
  38And those who ate were 4,000 men, besides women and children.
  39And after sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and came into the area of Magadan.

From Exod. 20:12; Deut. 5:16
From Exod. 21:17
From Isa. 29:13

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