What Defiles a Person

Matthew 15

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."

  1. Cross References
    Mark 7:14
    When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand:
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. Cross References
    Mark 7:17
    When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
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