Mark 7
New Heart English Bible
1Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem. 2Now when they saw that some of his disciples ate bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault. 3(For the Pharisees, and all Jewish people, do not eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the Tradition of the Elders. 4They do not eat when they come from the marketplace unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold to, the washing of cups and pitchers and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the Tradition of the Elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?"

6He said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7And in vain do they worship me, teaching instructions that are the commandments of humans.'

8"Having left the commandment of God, you hold tightly to human tradition."

9He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother;' and, 'Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.' 11But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban, that is to say, given to God;"' 12then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother, 13making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this."

14And he called the crowd to himself again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. 15There is nothing from outside of the person, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the person are what defile the person."

17When he had entered into a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever goes into the person from outside cannot defile him, 19because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, cleansing all the foods?" 20He said, "That which proceeds out of the person, that defiles the person. 21For from within, out of a person's heart, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts, 22covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the person."

24From there he arose, and went away into the region of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and did not want anyone to know it, but he could not escape notice. 25But immediately a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter. 27But he said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 28But she answered him, "Yes, Sir. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." 29He said to her, "For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter." 30And when she went away to her house, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.

31Again he departed from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the region of Decapolis. 32They brought to him one who was deaf and had a speech difficulty, and they begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside from the crowd, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue. 34Looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha." that is, "Be opened." 35And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly. 36He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it. 37They were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak."

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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