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Mark 7

Traditions and Commandments
1 # For ver. 1-30, see Matt. 15:1-28 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes #ch. 3:22who had come from Jerusalem, 2they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were #[Acts 10:14; Rom. 14:14 (Gk.)]defiled, that is, unwashed. 3(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,#7:3 Greek unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing holding to #Gal. 1:14; Col. 2:8 the tradition of #Heb. 11:2the elders, 4and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.#7:4 Greek unless they baptize; some manuscripts unless they purify themselves And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as #Heb. 9:10; [John 2:6] the washing of #Matt. 23:25; Luke 11:39cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.#7:4 Some manuscripts omit and dining couches) 5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to #[See ver. 3 above] the tradition of #[See ver. 3 above] the elders, #Luke 11:38 but eat with #[See ver. 2 above]defiled hands?” 6And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you #Matt. 23:13 hypocrites, as it is written,
# Cited from Isa. 29:13; [Ezek. 33:31] “‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as # Col. 2:22; Titus 1:14 doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
9And he said to them, “You have a fine way of #Luke 7:30; Gal. 2:21 (Gk.); Heb. 10:28 (Gk.)rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10For Moses said, #Cited from Ex. 20:12 ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, #Cited from Ex. 21:17‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)#7:11 Or an offering 12then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13thus #Gal. 3:17 (Gk.); [Rom. 2:23]making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
What Defiles a Person
14And he called the people to him again and said to them, #Matt. 13:51“Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15#See Acts 10:14, 15There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”#7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear 17And when he had entered #ch. 9:28 the house and left the people, #[Matt. 13:36; 15:15]his disciples asked him about the parable. 18And he said to them, “Then #ch. 8:17, 18are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19since it enters not his heart #[1 Cor. 6:13] but his stomach, and is expelled?”#7:19 Greek goes out into the latrine (#[Luke 11:41; Acts 10:15; 11:9]Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, #Matt. 12:34; James 3:6“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, #Matt. 5:22, 28; See Ex. 20:13, 14, 17murder, adultery, 22coveting, wickedness, deceit, #2 Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 4:19; 2 Pet. 2:7; Jude 4 sensuality, #See Matt. 6:23 (Gk.) envy, #Eph. 4:31; Col. 3:8; 1 Tim. 6:4 slander, #See Luke 1:51 pride, #[Eph. 5:17]foolishness. 23#1 Cor. 6:9, 10All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
24And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.#7:24 Some manuscripts omit and Sidon And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26#[John 12:20, 21] Now the woman was a #[1 Cor. 12:13] Gentile, #[Acts 21:2, 3]a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, “Let the children be #[Acts 3:26; Rom. 1:16] fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and #Matt. 7:6throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s #[Luke 16:21]crumbs.” 29And he said to her, “For this statement you may #John 4:50go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
Jesus Heals a Deaf Man
31 # For ver. 31-37, [Matt. 15:29-31] Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to #Matt. 4:18; John 6:1 the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the #ch. 5:20; Matt. 4:25Decapolis. 32And they brought to him #Isa. 35:5, 6 a man who was deaf and #Isa. 35:5, 6 had a speech impediment, and they begged him to #See ch. 5:23lay his hand on him. 33And #ch. 8:23taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and #ch. 8:23after spitting touched his tongue. 34And #See ch. 6:41 looking up to heaven, #ch. 8:12; [John 11:33]he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35#[See ver. 32 above]And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And #ch. 9:9; See Matt. 8:4 Jesus#7:36 Greek he charged them to tell no one. But #ch. 1:45; Matt. 9:31the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were #ch. 10:26astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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