Matthew 15



1 Then came to Jesus the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem, saying,

2 Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3 But He answering said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4 For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother*; and he who speaks·​·evil of father or mother, let him die the death.*

5 But you say, Whoever shall say to father or mother, It is a gift to the temple, whatever thou mightest have profited by me;

6 and he in no way honors his father or his mother. And you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

7 Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people is near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips, but their heart is· far ·away from me,

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

10 And calling the crowd, He said unto them, Hear and understand.

11 Not that which enters into the mouth defiles the man, but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

12 Then His disciples coming said to Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees hearing the word were offended?

13 But He answering said, Every planting which My heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted out.

14 Leave them; they are blind guides of the blind; and if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

15 And Peter answering said to Him, Explain to us this parable.

16 And Jesus said, Are you also yet without understanding?

17 Do you not·​·yet consider, that everything going into the mouth departs into the belly, and is cast·​·out into the latrine?

18 But the·​·things going·​·out from the mouth come·​·forth from the heart, and·​·these defile man;

19 for out·​·of the heart come·​·forth evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, harlotries, thefts, false·​·testimonies, blasphemies.

20 These are the things that defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not the man.

21 And Jesus going·​·out thence, departed into parts of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan coming out of those borders, cried out, saying to Him, Have·​·mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is· badly ·demon-possessed.

23 And He answered her not a word; and His disciples coming to Him, besought Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries after us.

24 And He answering said, I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 And she coming worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 And He answering said, It is not good to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to little·​·dogs.

27 And she said, Yes, Lord, yet the little·​·dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from the table of their lords.

28 Then Jesus answering said to her, O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee as thou willest. And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

29 And Jesus passing·​·on thence, came to the sea of Galilee; and ascending into the mountain, He sat there.

30 And many crowds came to Him, having with themselves the lame, the blind, the mute, the maimed, and many others, and laid them down* by the feet of Jesus; and He cured them,

31 so·​·that the crowds marveled, seeing the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

32 And Jesus calling·​·for His disciples, said, I am moved·​·with·​·compassion* for the crowd, because they are staying·​·on with Me already three days, and have not anything to eat; and I am not willing to send· them ·away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

33 And His disciples say to Him, Whence should we have so many loaves in the wilderness, as to satisfy such a crowd?

34 And Jesus says to them, How many loaves have you? And they say, Seven, and a few little·​·fish.

35 And He ordered the crowds to recline on the earth.

36 And taking the seven loaves and the fish, giving·​·thanks, He broke, and gave to His disciples, and the disciples to the crowd.

37 And they did all eat, and were satisfied; and they took up the excess of the fragments, seven baskets full.

38 And they who had eaten were four·​·thousand men, besides women and little·​·children.

39 And sending·​·away the crowds, He stepped into the ship, and came into the borders of Magdala.

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