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15:1   Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,

15:2   Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.

15:3   And He answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

15:4   For God said, “Honor your father and your mother,” and, “He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.”

15:5   But you say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, Whatever you would have been profited by me is now a gift to God,

15:6   Shall by no means honor his father or his mother; and you have deprived the word of God of its authority because of your tradition.

15:7   Hypocrites! Well has Isaiah prophesied concerning you, saying,

15:8   “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from Me;

15:9   But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commandments of men.”

15:10  And He called the crowd to Him and said to them, Hear and understand:

15:11  It is not that which enters into the mouth that defiles the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

15:12  Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were stumbled when they heard this word?

15:13  And He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up.

15:14  Let them be. They are blind guides of the blind; and if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.

15:15  And Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us.

15:16  And He said, Are you also still without understanding?

15:17  Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled into the drain?

15:18  But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those defile the man.

15:19  For out of the heart come evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies.

15:20  These are the things which defile the man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.

15:21  And Jesus went from there and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

15:22  And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders and cried out, saying, Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter suffers terribly from demon possession.

15:23  But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.

15:24  But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

15:25  But she came and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me!

15:26  But He answered and said, It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.

15:27  And she said, Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

15:28  Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that hour.

15:29  And Jesus departed from there and came beside the Sea of Galilee; and He went up to the mountain and sat there.

15:30  And great crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the dumb, and many other sick ones; and they laid them at His feet, and He healed them,

15:31  So that the crowd marveled, because they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled healthy and the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

15:32  And Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I am moved with compassion for the crowd, because for three days now they have remained with Me and they do not have anything to eat. And I am not willing to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.

15:33  And the disciples said to Him, Where can we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy so great a crowd?

15:34  And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you have? And they said, Seven, and a few small fish.

15:35  And after He commanded the crowd to recline on the ground,

15:36  He took the seven loaves and the fish, and giving thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.

15:37  And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full.

15:38  And those who ate were four thousand men, apart from women and children.

15:39  And after He sent the crowds away, He stepped into the boat and came to the borders of Magadan.

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