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Mark 7


Followers of Tradition

Mark 7:1
  The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem,
Mark 7:2
  and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
Mark 7:3
  (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders;
Mark 7:4
  and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)
Mark 7:5
  The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?"
Mark 7:6
  And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
Mark 7:7
Mark 7:8
  Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."
Mark 7:9
  He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.
Mark 7:10
Mark 7:11
  but you say, 'If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God ),'
Mark 7:12
  you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;
Mark 7:13
  thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that."

The Heart of Man

Mark 7:14
  After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
Mark 7:15
  there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.
Mark 7:16
  [If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."]
Mark 7:17
  When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.
Mark 7:18
  And He *said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,
Mark 7:19
  because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" ( Thus He declared all foods clean.)
Mark 7:20
  And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
Mark 7:21
  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
Mark 7:22
  deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.
Mark 7:23
  All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."

The Syrophoenician Woman

Mark 7:24
  Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyret. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice.
Mark 7:25
  But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.
Mark 7:26
  Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Mark 7:27
  And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
Mark 7:28
  But she answered and *said to Him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children's crumbs."
Mark 7:29
  And He said to her, "Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
Mark 7:30
  And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.
Mark 7:31
  Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis.
Mark 7:32
  They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him.
Mark 7:33
  Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;
Mark 7:34
  and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"
Mark 7:35
  And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.
Mark 7:36
  And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.
Mark 7:37
  They were utterly astonished, saying, "He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
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