What Defiles a Person

Mark 7

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, e "Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 f There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him." 1 17 And when he had entered g the house and left the people, h his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, "Then i are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart j but his stomach, and is expelled?" 2 ( k Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, l "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, m murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, n sensuality, o envy, p slander, q pride, r foolishness. 23 s All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 13:51
    "Have you understood all these things?" They said to him, "Yes."
  2. Cross References
    Acts 10:14 - 15
    But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.
  3. Cross References
    Mark 9:28
    And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 13:36
    Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.
    Matthew 15:15
    But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us.
  5. Cross References
    Mark 8:17 - 18
    And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:13
    Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" - and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
  7. Cross References
    Luke 11:41
    But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.
    Acts 10:15
    And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common.
    Acts 11:9
    But the voice answered a second time from heaven, 'What God has made clean, do not call common.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 12:34
    You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 5:22
    But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.
    Matthew 5:28
    But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    Exodus 20:13 - 14
    You shall not murder.
    Exodus 20:17
    "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."
  10. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:21
    I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
    Galatians 5:19
    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality.
    Ephesians 4:19
    They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
    2 Peter 2:7
    And if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
    Jude 1:4
    For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 6:23
    But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:31
    Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
    Colossians 3:8
    But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
    1 Timothy 6:4
    He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions.
  13. Cross References
    Luke 1:51
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
  14. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:17
    Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
  15. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:9 - 10
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality.
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