Matthew 15

Traditions and Commandments

1 Then a the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 b "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." 3 He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 "For God commanded, saying, c 'Honor your father and your mother'; 1 and, d 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' 2 5 "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, e "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God" - 6 'then he need not honor his father 3 or mother.' Thus you have made the 4 commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 f "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 'These g people 5 draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
h Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" 6

What Defiles a Person

10 i When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear and understand: 11 j "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 But He answered and said, k "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 "Let them alone. l They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." 15 m Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us." 16 So Jesus said, n "Are you also still without understanding? 17 "Do you not yet understand that o whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 "But p those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 q "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

21 r Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, s Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." 24 But He answered and said, t "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little u dogs." 27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, v great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus Heals Many

29 w Jesus departed from there, x skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 y Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, 7 maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' z feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the 8 maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they a glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

32 b Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." 33 c Then His disciples said to Him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?" 34 Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish." 35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And d He took the seven loaves and the fish and e gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 f And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of 9 Magdala.

  1. Cross References
    Mark 7:1
    Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem.
    John 1:19
    Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?
    Acts 25:7
    When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
  2. Cross References
    Mark 7:5
    Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 20:1
    And God spoke all these words, saying:
    Exodus 20:12
    Honor your father and your mother, that your da...
    Leviticus 19:3
    Every one of you shall revere his mother and hi...
    Deuteronomy 5:16
    Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD ...
    Proverbs 23:22
    Listen to your father who begot you, And do not...
    Ephesians 6:2
    Honor your father and mother," which is the fir...
    Ephesians 6:3
    "that it may be well with you and you may live ...
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 21:17
    And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
    Leviticus 20:9
    For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.
    Deuteronomy 27:16
    'Cursed is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.' "And all the people shall say, 'Amen!'
    Proverbs 20:20
    Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
    Proverbs 30:17
    The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
  5. Cross References
    Mark 7:11
    But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban" - ' (that is, a gift to God ).
    Mark 7:12
    Then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother.
  6. Cross References
    Mark 7:6
    He answered and 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 from Me.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 78:36
    Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue.
    Isaiah 29:13
    Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.
    Ezekiel 33:31
    So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:13
    Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.
    Colossians 2:18 - 22
    Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.
    Titus 1:14
    Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
  9. Cross References
    Mark 7:14
    When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand:
  10. Cross References
    Acts 10:15
    And a voice spoke to him again the second time,...
    Romans 14:14
    I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that ...
    Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinki...
    Romans 14:20
    Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of ...
    1 Timothy 4:4
    For every creature of God is good, and nothing ...
    Titus 1:15
    To the pure all things are pure, but to those w...
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:21
    Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.
    Isaiah 61:3
    To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
    John 15:2
    Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
    1 Corinthians 3:12
    Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw.
    1 Corinthians 3:13
    Each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:16
    For the leaders of this people cause them to er...
    Malachi 2:8
    But you have departed from the way; You have ca...
    Matthew 23:16
    "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever sw...
    Matthew 23:24
    Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow...
    Luke 6:39
    And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind ...
    Romans 2:19
    And are confident that you yourself are a guide...
  13. Cross References
    Mark 7:17
    When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 16:9
    Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?
    Mark 7:18
    So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him.
  15. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:13
    Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
  16. Cross References
    Matthew 12:34
    Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
    Mark 7:20
    And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
    James 3:6
    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
  17. Cross References
    Genesis 6:5
    Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man wa...
    Genesis 8:21
    And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the...
    Proverbs 6:14
    Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil con...
    Jeremiah 17:9
    The heart is deceitful above all things, And de...
    Mark 7:21
    For from within, out of the heart of men, proce...
    Romans 1:29 - 32
    Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual i...
    Galatians 5:19 - 21
    Now the works of the flesh are evident, which a...
  18. Cross References
    Mark 7:24 - 30
    From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.
  19. Cross References
    Matthew 1:1
    The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
    Matthew 22:41
    While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them.
    Matthew 22:42
    Saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David.
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 10:5
    These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.
    Matthew 10:6
    But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Romans 15:8
    Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 7:6
    Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
    Philippians 3:2
    Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
  22. Cross References
    Luke 7:9
    When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, "I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
  23. Cross References
    Matthew 15:29 - 31
    Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.
    Mark 7:31 - 37
    Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee.
  24. Cross References
    Matthew 4:18
    And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:5
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
    Isaiah 35:6
    Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.
    Matthew 11:5
    The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
    Luke 7:22
    Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
  26. Cross References
    Mark 7:25
    For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.
    Luke 7:38
    And stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
    Luke 8:41
    And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house.
    Luke 10:39
    And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
  27. Cross References
    Luke 5:25
    Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
    Luke 5:26
    And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today!
    Luke 19:37
    Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen.
    Luke 19:38
    Saying: " 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!
  28. Cross References
    Mark 8:1 - 10
    In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them.
  29. Cross References
    2 Kings 4:43
    But his servant said, "What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?" He said again, "Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the LORD: 'They shall eat and have some left over.'
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 14:19
    Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on...
    Matthew 26:27
    Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave...
    Luke 22:17
    Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said...
    Luke 22:19
    And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, an...
    John 6:11
    And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had give...
    John 6:23
    However, other boats came from Tiberias, near t...
    Acts 27:35
    And when he had said these things, he took brea...
    Romans 14:6
    He who observes the day, observes it to the Lor...
  31. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:13
    "As soon as you come into the city, you will surely find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up, for about this time you will find him."
    Luke 22:19
    And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
  32. Cross References
    Mark 8:10
    Immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
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