Gospel of Mark Chapter Seven

7:1 Then some pharisees and scribes who came from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus.
7:2 When they saw some of his disciples eat bread with unwashed or unclean hands, they found fault.
7:3 Because the pharisees and the Jews maintained the traditions of the elders by not eating unless they washed their hands.
7:4 And after the market they did not eat without washing. They also observed other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pots, copper kettles and dining tables.
7:5 Then the pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not maintain the traditions of the elders and eat food with unwashed hands?"
7:6 He replied to them by saying, “Isaiah has described you hypocrites well, as it was written, ‘These people honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me.
7:7 They worship Me in vain – their doctrines are merely human rules.'” 1
7:8 As you leave aside the Teachings of God, you hold on to the traditions of humans – and you prescribe the washing of pots and cups and many other such mundane things.”
7:9 Then he added, “You fully reject the Teachings of God in order to keep your own traditions.
7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses their father or mother – let him die.’2
7:11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, ‘whatever I have that would help you is corban – that is to say, an offering to God –
7:12 you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or mother –
7:13 thus making the word of God invalid through your tradition that you have proclaimed – and many similar things you do.”
7:14 After he called the crowd of people towards him, he said to them, “Listen to me each one of you – and understand –
7:15 there is nothing outside of a person that enters in that will defile them – but the things that come out of a person – these are the things that will defile that person."
7:17 After he left the crowd and went in the house, his disciples asked him about the analogy.
7:18 Then he replied to them, “Are you so without understanding that you don’t see that whatever comes from outside and enters into the body cannot defile them?
7:19 Because it doesn’t enter into his heart, but into the belly where it is digested – thus cleansing the food.”
7:20 Then he added, “That which comes out from a person – this is what defiles them.
7:21 Because from within – from the heart of a person – comes wicked thoughts such as sexual immorality, theft, murder –
7:22 greed, envy, malice, deceitfulness, selfishness, blasphemy, arrogance and foolishness.
7:23 All of these wicked things come from within – and defile a person.
7:24 Then he got up and traveled to the regions of Tyre and Sidon, and went into a house. He wanted that no one know, yet he could not remain hidden.
7:25 Because a woman – whose young daughter had an impure spirit – heard and approached him and fell at his feet.
7:26 The woman was Greek – Syrian by race – and she pleaded for him to remove the demon from her daughter.
7:27 But Jesus replied to her, “First let the devoted ones be taken care of first – because it’s not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
7:28 She replied, saying, “Yes Master – but let the dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”
7:29 Then he replied to her, “Because you have said this, you may go now – the demon has left your daughter.”
7:30 When she arrived at her house she found her daughter was lying on the bed and the demon had left her.
7:31 Again Jesus left the regions of Tyre and Sidon and arrived at the sea of Galilee – in the region of Decapolis.
7:32 They brought him a deaf man with a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand upon him.
7:33 Then he took the man away from the crowd and put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he put saliva on his fingers and touched the man’s tongue.
7:34 He looked up to the sky and sighed deeply – and said, “Ephphatha” – which means “Become open.”
7:35 Thus the man’s ears were opened and his speech impediment was removed, and he began speaking normally.
7:36 Then Jesus instructed them to tell no one – but the more he instructed this, the more widely they proclaimed it.
7:37 Thus they were all exceedingly astonished, saying, “He does everything perfectly – he even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


1. Verse 7:6-7.
The LORD says: "These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” (Isaiah 29:13 NIV)

2. Verse 7:10. The phrase θανάτῳ τελευτάτω does not mean to be put to death by others as inferred by many translations. Jesus is specifically referring to one of God’s commandments, which says:
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12 NIV)

3. Verse 7:16 doesn’t appear in the early manuscripts.

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