That Which Defiles
1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus
2and 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.
4When 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. Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches )
5So 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?”
6He 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.
7They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ Isaiah 29:13
8You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
9And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe Some manuscripts set up your own traditions!
10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16 and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
11But 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)—
12then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother.
13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.
15Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
16Some manuscripts include here the words of 4:23.
17After 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?
19For 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.)
20He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.
21For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,
22adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
23All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
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