World English Bible
Matthew, Chapter 15

   1: Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
   2: "Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread."
   3: He answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
   4: For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'
   5: But you say, 'Whoever may tell his father or his mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"
   6: he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.
   7: You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
   8: 'These people draw near to me with their mouth, And honor me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.
   9: But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"
   10: He summoned the multitude, and said to them, "Hear, and understand.
   11: That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
   12: Then the disciples came, and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"
   13: But he answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Father didn't plant will be uprooted.
   14: Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."
   15: Peter answered him, "Explain the parable to us."
   16: So Jesus said, "Do you also still not understand?
   17: Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?
   18: But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.
   19: For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.
   20: These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the man."
   21: Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.
   22: Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely demonized!"
   23: But he answered her not a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."
   24: But he answered, "I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
   25: But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me."
   26: But he answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
   27: But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
   28: Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that hour.
   29: Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.
   30: Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them,
   31: so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing -- and they glorified the God of Israel.
   32: Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way."
   33: The disciples said to him, "Where should we get so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude?"
   34: Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."
   35: He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;
   36: and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
   37: They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
   38: Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
   39: He sent away the multitudes, and entered into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.

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