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Mark 7 - NIV

That Which Defiles

1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus

2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.

3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.

4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a] )

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.

7 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’[b]

8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions!

10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e]

11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)—

12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.

13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.

15 -16 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.[f]

17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.

18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them?

19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.

21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,

22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith


a. Mark 7:4 Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches
b. Mark 7:7 Isaiah 29:13
c. Mark 7:9 Some manuscripts set up
d. Mark 7:10 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
e. Mark 7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
f. Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts include here the words of 4:23.

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Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Wayne Barnes on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Brian Bill on Aug, 2016
Summary: The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.
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Shared by: Brian Bill on Jul, 2016
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Scripture: Mark 7:1-13
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Shared by: Dan Proctor on Jul, 2016
Summary: God’s desire is for us to be builders of people (our family, fellow church members, co-workers, spouse, and kids). How can we do this? Let’s look at the negative example of the Pharisees and turn it into some positive principles.
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Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Jul, 2015
Summary: Those who would serve the interests of God can do so by giving expression to joy in their lives. Those who feel God’s love have much to offer the hurting and disconnected in our world.
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Shared by: Martin Ellgar on Nov, 2014
Summary: A perspective on Mark 7: 1-23. When a trivial matter becomes a big issue more than likely we are following the ‘traditions of men’. Our focus therefore is on the wrong thing because we have forgotten God and do not have God’s love in our hearts.
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Aug, 2014
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Aug, 2014
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Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Jul, 2014
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Shared by: James Lee on Nov, 2013
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Jul, 2013
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Shared by: David Owens on Feb, 2013
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Nov, 2012
Summary: Man’s heart is evil and wicked and not to be trusted above God or His Word.
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Oct, 2012
Summary: We must not allow our traditions to supersede God’s commandments or replace loving God.
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Shared by: D Marion Clark on Oct, 2012
Summary: The condition of your heart is what determines your status with God, not the rituals and traditions you follow.
Scripture: Mark 7:1-23
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Shared by: Revd. Martin Dale on Aug, 2012
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Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Aug, 2012
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Shared by: Rodney Buchanan on Jul, 2012
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Shared by: Joel Preston on Jun, 2012
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2012
Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark 7: 1 – 23
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