Chapter 15

Then the Pharisees and scholars came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2"Why do your disciples break the elder’s traditions? They don’t wash their hands before they eat.” 3Jesus said to them, “Why do y’all break God’s commandments with your tradition? 4God said, ‘Honor your mother and father,’ and, ‘Whoever talks bad about his father or mother will die.’ 5But y’all say that whoever tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever I might give you to help you has been given as an offering,’ 6doesn’t have to honor his father. Y’all compromise God’s word for your tradition. 7Hypocrites! Isaiah was right about y’all when he said, 8‘The people honor me with their lips, but they keep their hearts far from me. 9They worship me in vain, and teach their ideas as holy doctrine.’

10Then he called the crowd toward him and said, “Listen, and understand. 11It isn’t what goes into the mouth that makes a man common. It’s what comes out of the mouth that makes him common.” 12Then the disciples came toward him and said, “Did you know the Pharisees were angry with what you said?” 13Jesus said, “Every plant that wasn’t planted by my Heavenly Father will be pulled out by the roots. 14Leave them alone. They are blind guides for the blind. When the blind lead the blind, they’ll both end up in a pit.” 15Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16Jesus said, “Y’all still don’t understand? 17Don’t you know that whatever goes into the mouth goes into the stomach and then into the toilet? 18But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and that is what makes man common. 19Because evil intentions, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, lies, and insults all come out of the heart. 20These are the things that make a man common. Eating with unwashed hands doesn’t make a man common.

21Jesus left there and went to the country of Tyre and Sidon. 22And then a Canaanite woman came out of the country there and shouted, “Have mercy on me, Master, son of David! My daughter is cruelly demon-possessed!” 23But Jesus didn’t say a word to her. His disciples came to him and said, “Send her away. She keeps on shouting at us.” 24Jesus said, “I was sent for the lost sheep of Israel’s house.” 25But the woman came and worshiped him and said, “Master, help me.” 26Jesus said to her, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Sir. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28Jesus said to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let what you want come to you.” And her daughter was cured right then.

29Jesus left there, walked along the Sea of Galilee, and went up a hill and sat down. 30Huge crowds came to him and brought with them the lame, blind, crippled, deaf, and many others. They put them at his feet and he healed them. 31And the crowds were amazed to see the deaf speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking around, and the blind seeing. And they praised Israel’s God.

32Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I feel sorry for the crowd, because they’ve stayed with me for three days and they haven’t had anything to eat, and I don’t want to send them away hungry because they might pass out on the way.” 33His disciples said, “Where are we going to get enough food to feed a crowd like this in the desert?” 34Jesus said to them, “How many loaves of bread do y’all have?” They said, “We have seven, and a few small fish.” 35Jesus told the crowd to sit on the ground, 36he took the seven loaves and the fish, blessed them, broke the bread and gave it to the disciples, and the disciples gave it to the crowd. 37They all ate until they were full, and the leftovers filled seven baskets. 38Four thousand men, not including women and small children, ate. 39Jesus sent the crowds away, got into the boat and came to the land of Magadan.

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