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Bible NIV, The Words of Jesus Christ


Chapter 7

{06} "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
{07} They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'
{08} You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."
{09} "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

{10} For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
{11} But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God),

{12} then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.
{13} Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
{14} "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.
{15} Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.'"
{16} " If any man have ears to hear, let him hear."
{18} "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'?
{19} For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body."
{20} "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.'

{21} For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
{22} greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
{23} All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"
{27} "First let the children eat all they want,", "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
{29} "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
{34} "Ephphatha!" ("Be opened!").