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Translation - Mark Chapter 7
1 ¶ THEN there gathered to him Pharisees and scribes
who had come from Jerusalem.
2 And they saw some of his disciples eating bread
with their hands unwashed, and they reproached them.
3 For all the Jews, even the Pharisees, unless their
hands were washed carefully, would not eat, because they strictly observed the
tradition of the elders.
4 Even the things from the market, if they were not
washed, they would not eat. And there are a great many other things which they
have accepted to obey, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper
utensils and the bedding of dead men.
5 And the scribes and Pharisees asked him, Why do
your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat
bread with their hands unwashed?
6 He said to them, The prophet Isaiah well prophesied
about you, O hypocrites, as it is written, This people honor me with their
lips, but their heart is far away from me.
7 And they worship me in vain when they teach the
doctrines of the commandments of men.
8 For you have ignored the commandment of God, and
you observe the tradition of men, such as the washing of cups and pots and a
great many other things like these.
9 He said to them, You certainly do injustice to the
commandment of God so as to sustain your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother;
and he who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.
11 But you say, A man may say to his father or his
mother, What is left over is Corban (my offering);
12 And yet you do not let him do anything for his
father or mother.
13 So you dishonor the word of God for the sake of
the tradition which you have established; and you do a great many other things
14 Then Jesus called all the people and said to them,
Hear me, all of you, and understand.
15 There is nothing outside of a man, if it should
enter into him, which can defile him; but what goes out of him, that defiles
16 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
17 When Jesus entered into the house because of the
people, his disciples asked him concerning that parable.
18 And he said to them, So even you find it hard to
understand? Do .you not know that whatever enters into a man from outside
cannot defile him?
19 Because it does not enter into his heart, but into
his stomach, and then is thrown out through the intestines, thereby purifying
20 It is what goes out of man which defiles the man.
21 For from within, from the hearts of men come evil
thoughts, such as fornication, adultery, theft, murder,
22 Extortion, wickedness, deceit, lust, an evil eye,
blasphemy, pride, foolishness;
23 All these evils come from within, and they defile
24 ¶ Jesus moved away from thence, and came to the
borders of Tyre and Sidon, and he entered into a house, and did not want any
one to know about him. And yet he could not hide himself.
25 For immediately a woman heard about him, whose
daughter had an unclean spirit; and she came and fell at his feet.
26 But the woman was a heathen, from Phoenicia in
Syria; and she besought him to cast out the demon from her daughter.
27 And Jesus said to her, Let the children be first
filled; for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the
28 But she answered, saying to him, Yes, my Lord;
even the dogs eat the children’s crumbs under the tables.
29 Jesus said to her, Go your way; just because of
this word, the demon has gone out of your daughter.
30 So she went to her house and found her daughter
lying in bed, and the demon gone out of her.
31 ¶ Again Jesus went out from the border of Tyre
and Sidon, and came to the sea of Galilee, to the border of the ten cities.
32 And they brought to him a deaf and dumb man; and
they asked him to lay his hand on him.
33 So he drew him aside from the people, and put his
fingers into his ears; then he spat, and touched his tongue;
34 And he looked up to heaven and sighed, and he said
to him, Ethpatakh, which means, Be opened.
35 And in that very hour his ears were opened, and
his tongue was loosened, and he spoke plainly.
36 And he warned them not to tell this to any man;
but the more he warned them, so much the more they published it.
37 And they were greatly astonished, saying, He does
everything so well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb to speak.