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Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes,
which came from Jerusalem.||
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to
say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.||
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat
not, holding the tradition of the elders. ||
(7:5-10) Jesus is criticized by the Pharisees for not
washing his hands before eating. He defends himself by attacking them for not
killing disobedient children according to the commandment: "He that curseth
father or mother, let him die the death." (See Ex 21:15,
Lev 20:9, Dt 21:18-21)
(7:5) "The Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition
of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?"
And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And
many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing
of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples
according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you
hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but
their heart is far from me.
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.||
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as
the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.||
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own
(7:9-10) "And he [Jesus] said unto them ... Ye reject the commandment of God ... For Moses said, Honour
thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death."|
For Moses said, Honour
thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him
die the death:
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that
is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall
And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;||
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye
have delivered: and many such like things do ye.||
And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken
unto me every one of you, and understand:||
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile
him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.||
And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples
asked him concerning the parable.||
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not
perceive, that whatsoever thing from
without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;||
(7:18) "Whatsoever thing from
without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him."|
What should we eat?
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out
into the draught, purging all meats?
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.||
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders,||
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy,
(7:22-23) "An evil eye ... defile the man."
(7:24, 31) "And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre."
21, 27:36) prophesied that Tyre would be
completely destroyed, never to be built again. But it wasn't destroyed and
continued to exist, as shown by this verse in which Jesus visits Tyre.
(7:25-30) Jesus initially refused to cast out a devil
from a Greek woman's daughter, calling the woman a "dog". After much pleading, he finally agrees to cast out her daughter's devil.
(7:25) "A certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet."
(7:26) "The woman was a Greek ... and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter."
(7:27) "But Jesus said ... it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs."
(7:28) "She ... said ... Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs."
(7:29) "He said ... For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter."
(7:30) "When she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out."
(7:32-35) Jesus puts his fingers in a deaf man's ears,
then spits and touches his tongue. This treatment immediately cured his deafness.
(7:32) "They bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech."
(7:33) "He [Jesus] put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue."
(7:35) "And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed."
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
And from thence he
arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered
into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of
him, and came and fell at his feet:
|7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation;
and she besought him
that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
But Jesus said unto
her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the
children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
And she answered and said unto him,
Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the
table eat of the children's crumbs.
And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of
And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her
daughter laid upon the bed.
And again, departing
from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of
Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his
speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
And he took him
aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and
touched his tongue;
And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that
is, Be opened.
And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was
loosed, and he spake plain.
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged
them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well:
he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
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