Mark 7



1 And there are gathered unto Him the Pharisees, and some of the scribes, who came from Jerusalem.

2 And having seen some of His disciples eating bread with defiled, that·​·is with unwashed hands, they found fault.

3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands to the fist*, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders;

4 and when they come from the market, unless they rinse*, they do not eat; and many other things there are which they have received to hold, as the rinsing of cups, and pots, and bronze vessels, and beds.

5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, Why do Thy disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?

6 And He answering 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 ·away from Me.

7 And in·​·vain do they serve Me, teaching teachings which are the precepts of men.*

8 For leaving the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the rinsing of pots and cups; and many other such like things you do.

9 And He said to them, Well you spurn the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

10 For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother*, and he who speaks·​·evil of father or mother, let him die the death*.

11 But you say, It is sufficient if a man shall say to father or mother, Korban*, that is, a gift, by whatever thou mightest have profited from me,

12 and you no·​·more let him do anything for his father or his mother,

13 making the Word of God of no effect by your tradition which you have delivered up; and many such like things you do.

14 And when He had called all the crowd to Him, He said to them, Hearken to Me all of you, and understand:

15 There is nothing from outside a man which going·​·into him can defile him; but the things which go·​·out of him, those are they which defile the man.

16 If anyone have ears to hear, let him hear.

17 And when He had entered into a house away·​·from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.

18 And He says to them, Are you so without·​·understanding also? Do you not consider that all from outside that goes·​·into a man, cannot defile him;

19 because it goes not into the heart, but into the belly, and goes·​·out into the latrine, cleansing all the foods?

20 And He said, That which comes out of a man, that defiles the man.

21 For from inside, out·​·of the heart of men, go·​·out evil reasonings, adulteries, harlotries, murders,

22 thefts, avarice*, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, senselessness;

23 all these wicked things come from inside, and defile the man.

24 And standing·​·up thence, He went·​·away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entering into a house, He willed that no one know it, and He could not be concealed.

25 For a woman hearing of Him, whose daughter had an unclean spirit, came and fell·​·before His feet.

26 And the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician as to kindred, and she besought Him that He would cast·​·out the demon from her daughter.

27 But Jesus said to her, Let the children first be satisfied, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and to cast it to the little·​·dogs.

28 But she answered and said to Him, Yes, Lord; yet the little·​·dogs underneath the table eat from the crumbs of the little·​·children.

29 And He said to her, On·​·account·​·of this word, go·​·thy·​·way; the demon has come·​·out of thy daughter.

30 And when she was come to her house, she found the demon gone out and her daughter laid upon the bed.

31 And again coming·​·out from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, He came to the Sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis.

32 And they bring to Him one who was deaf, having an impediment in his speech; and they implore Him to set His hand upon him.

33 And taking· him ·aside from the crowd by himself, He thrust His fingers into his ears; and having spat, He touched his tongue;

34 and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and says to him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

35 And straightway his hearing was opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke rightly.

36 And He charged them that they should tell no·​·one; but as·​·much·​·as He charged them, the more exceedingly they preached it;

37 and they wondered most·​·exceedingly, saying, He has done all things well; He makes both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.