What Defiles a Person
k When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and l understand:
"There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that m defile a man.
n "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"
o When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
So He said to them, p "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,
"because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?"
And He said, q "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
r "For from within, out of the heart of men, s proceed evil thoughts, t adulteries, u fornications, murders,
"thefts, v covetousness, wickedness, w deceit, x lewdness, an evil eye, y blasphemy, z pride, foolishness.
"All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear and understand:
Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?
"How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? - but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us.
Isaiah 28:9 - 11
Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts?
1 Corinthians 3:2
I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able.
Hebrews 5:11 - 14
Of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
I SAID, "I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.
Matthew 12:34 - 37
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
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.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil.
The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Galatians 5:19 - 21
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness.
2 Peter 2:14
Having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.
1 Thessalonians 4:3
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.
And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.
Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers.
1 Peter 4:3
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world.