NASB — Mark 7 — KJV

Followers of Tradition

1 aThe Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come bfrom Jerusalem, 2 and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with aimpure hands, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they Icarefully wash their hands, [thus] observing the atraditions of the elders; 4 and [when they come] from the market place, they do not eat unless they Icleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the IIwashing of acups and pitchers and copper pots.) 5 The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the atradition of the elders, but eat their bread with bimpure hands?” 6 And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
  aTHIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
  BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
  7 aBUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
  TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’
8 Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the atradition of men.”

[1] aMk 7:1-23: Mt 15:1-20 bMt 15:1
[2] aMt 15:2; Mk 7:5; Lk 11:38; Ac 10:14, 28; 11:8; Ro 14:14; He 10:29; Rv 21:27
[3] ILit with the fist aMk 7:5, 8, 9, 13; Ga 1:14
[4] IOr sprinkle IILit baptizing aMt 23:25
[5] aMk 7:3, 8, 9, 13; Ga 1:14 bMk 7:2
[6] aIs 29:13
[7] aIs 29:13
[8] aMk 7:3, 5, 9, 13; Ga 1:14

9 ¶ He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your atradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘aHONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘bHE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO IBE PUT TO DEATH’; 11 but you say, ‘If a man says to [his] father or [his] mother, whatever I have that would help you is aCorban (that is to say, Igiven [to God]),’ 12 you no longer permit him to do anything for [his] father or [his] mother; 13 [thus] invalidating the word of God by your atradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

[9] aMk 7:3, 5, 8, 13; Ga 1:14
[10] ILit die the death aEx 20:12; Dt 5:16 bEx 21:17; Lv 20:9
[11] IOr a gift, i.e. an offering aLv 1:2; Mt 27:6
[13] aMk 7:3, 5, 8, 9; Ga 1:14

The Heart of Man

14 ¶ After He called the crowd to Him again, He [began] saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: 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. 16 [[IIf anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]]

[16] IEarly mss do not contain this verse

17 ¶ When he had left the crowd [and] entered athe house, bHis disciples questioned Him about the parable. 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, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and Iis eliminated?” ([Thus He] declared aall foods bclean.) 20 And He was saying, aThat which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, Ifornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting [and] wickedness, [as well as] deceit, sensuality, Iaenvy, slander, IIpride [and] foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

[17] aMk 2:1; 3:20; 9:28 bMt 15:15
[19] ILit goes out into the latrine aRo 14:1-12; Col 2:16 bLk 11:41; Ac 10:15; 11:9
[20] aMt 15:18; Mk 7:23
[21] II.e. acts of sexual immorality
[22] ILit an evil eye IIOr arrogance aMt 6:23; 20:15

The Syrophoenician Woman

24aJesus got up and went away from there to the region of bTyreI. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know [of it]; IIyet He could not escape notice. 25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a IGentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not Igood to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, [but] even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this Ianswer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child Ilying on the bed, the demon having left.

[24] ITwo early mss add and Sidon IILit and aMk 7:24-30: Mt 15:21-28 bMt 11:21; Mk 7:31
[26] ILit Greek
[27] IOr proper
[29] ILit word
[30] ILit thrown

31aAgain He went out from the region of bTyre, and came through Sidon to cthe Sea of Galilee, within the region of dDecapolis. 32 They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to alay His hand on him. 33 aJesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after aspitting, He touched his tongue [with the saliva]; 34 and looking up to heaven with a deep asigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” 35 And his ears were opened, and the Iimpediment of his tongue IIwas removed, and he [began] speaking plainly. 36 And aHe gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they bcontinued to proclaim it. 37 They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

[31] aMk 7:31-37: Mt 15:29-31 bMt 11:21; Mk 7:24 cMt 4:18 dMt 4:25; Mk 5:20
[32] aMk 5:23
[33] aMk 8:23
[34] aMk 8:12
[35] IOr bond IILit was loosed
[36] aMt 8:4 bMk 1:45


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The Pharisees find fault at the disciples for eating with unwashen hands.

1 ¶ Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. 2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash [their] hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 And [when they come] from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, [as] the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.

[1] Mt 15:1; Mk 3:22; Lk 5:17; 11:53.
[2] Dn 6:4; Mt 7:3; 23:23; Ac 10:14, 28.
[3] Mt 15:2; Mk 7:7, 13; Ga 1:14; Col 2:8, 21; 1P 1:18.
[4] Jb 9:30; Ps 26:6; Is 1:16; Jr 4:14; Mt 27:24; Lk 11:38; Jn 2:6; 3:25; He 9:10; Jm 4:8; 1Jn 1:7.
[5] Mt 15:2; Mk 2:16; Ac 21:21, 24; Ro 4:12; 2Th 3:6, 11.
[6] Is 29:13; Ezk 33:31; Ho 8:2; Mt 15:7; 23:13; Lk 11:39; Jn 5:42; 8:41, 54; 15:24; Ac 28:25; 2Ti 3:5; Tit 1:16; Jm 2:14.
[7] Dt 12:32; 1S 12:21; Mal 3:14; Mt 6:7; 15:9; 1Co 15:14, 58; Col 2:22; 1Ti 4:1; Tit 3:9; Jm 1:26; 2:20; Rv 14:11; 22:18.

They break the commandment of God by the traditions of men.

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, [as] the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, [It is] Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; [he shall be free]. 12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

[8] Is 1:12; Mk 7:3.
[9] 2K 16:10; Ps 119:126; Is 24:5; 29:13; Jr 44:16; Dn 7:25; 11:36; Mt 15:3; Mk 7:13; Ro 3:31; Ga 2:21; 2Th 2:4.
[10] Ex 20:12; 21:17; Lv 20:9; Dt 5:16; 27:16; Pv 20:20; 30:17; Mt 15:4; Mk 10:19.
[11] Mt 15:5; 23:18; 1Ti 5:4.
[13] Is 8:20; Jr 8:8; Ezk 18:14; Ho 8:12; Mt 5:17; 15:6; Mk 7:9; Ga 5:21; Tit 1:14.

Meat defileth not the man.

14 ¶ And when he had called all the people [unto him], he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one [of you], and understand: 15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, [it] cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

[14] 1K 18:21; 22:28; Ps 49:1; 94:8; Pv 8:5; Is 6:9; Mt 15:10; Lk 12:1, 54; 20:45; Ac 8:30.
[15] Lv 11:42; Pv 4:23; Mt 12:34; 15:16; Mk 7:18, 20; Ac 10:14, 28; 11:8; 15:20; Ro 14:17; 1Co 10:25; 1Ti 4:3; Tit 1:15; He 9:10; 13:9.
[16] Mt 11:15; Mk 4:9, 23; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
[17] Mt 13:10, 36; 15:15; Mk 4:10, 34.
[18] Is 28:9; Jr 5:4; Mt 15:16; 16:11; Mk 4:13; Lk 24:25; Jn 3:10; 1Co 3:2; He 5:11.
[19] Mt 15:17; 1Co 6:13; Col 2:21.
[20] Ps 41:6; Mi 2:1; Mt 12:34; Mk 7:15; He 7:6; Jm 1:14; 3:6; 4:1.
[21] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Jb 14:4; 15:14; 25:4; Ps 14:1, 3; 53:1, 3; 58:2; Pv 4:23; 15:25; Is 59:7; Jr 4:14; 17:9; Ezk 38:10; Mt 9:4; 15:19; 23:25; Lk 16:15; Ac 5:4; 8:22; Ro 7:5, 8; 8:7; Ga 5:19; Tit 3:3; Jm 1:14; 2:4; 4:1; 1P 4:2.
[22] Dt 15:9; 28:54, 56; 1S 18:8; 2Ch 32:25, 31; Ps 10:4; Pv 12:23; 22:15; 23:6; 24:9; 27:22; 28:22; Ec 7:25; Ob 1:3; Mt 20:15; 2Co 10:5; 1P 2:15; 5:5.
[23] Mk 7:15, 18; 1Co 3:17; Tit 1:15; Jde 1:8.

He healeth the Syrophenician woman's daughter of an unclean spirit,

24 ¶ And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know [it]: but he could not be hid. 25 For a [certain] woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

[24] Gn 10:15, 19; 49:13; Jsh 19:28; Is 23:1, 12; 42:2; Ezk 28:2, 21; Mt 9:28; 15:21; Mk 2:1; 3:7, 8; 6:31; 1Ti 5:25.
[25] Mt 15:22; Mk 1:40; 5:22, 33; 9:17; Lk 17:16; Ac 10:25; Rv 22:8.
[26] Is 49:12; Mt 15:22; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11.
[27] Mt 7:6; 10:5; 15:23; Ac 22:21; Ro 15:8; Ep 2:12.
[28] Ps 145:16; Is 45:22; 49:6; Mt 5:45; Lk 7:6; 15:30; Ac 11:17; Ro 3:29; 10:12; 15:8; Ep 2:12; 3:8.
[29] Is 57:15; 66:2; Mt 5:3; 8:9; 1Jn 3:8.
[30] Jn 4:50; 1Jn 3:8.

and one that was deaf, and stammered in his speech.

31 ¶ And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published [it]; 37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

[31] Mt 4:25; 15:29; Mk 5:20; 7:24.
[32] Mt 9:32; Lk 11:14.
[33] 1K 17:19; 2K 4:4, 33; Mk 5:40; 8:23; Jn 9:6.
[34] Is 53:3; Ezk 21:6; Mk 1:41; 5:41; 6:41; 8:12; 15:34; Lk 7:14; 18:42; 19:41; Jn 11:33, 35, 38, 41, 43; 17:1; Ac 9:34, 40; He 4:15.
[35] Ps 33:9; Is 32:3; 35:5; Mt 11:5; Mk 2:12.
[36] Mk 1:44; 3:12; 5:43; 8:26.
[37] Gn 1:31; Ex 4:10; Ps 139:14; Mk 1:27; 2:12; 4:41; 5:42; 6:51; Lk 23:41; Ac 2:7; 3:10; 14:11.


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