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Matthew 15

Breaking Human Traditions

1 Then came to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes saying: 2 Why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. 3 But answering he said to them: And why do you transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God said: Honor your father and your mother, and, The [one] speaking evil of father or mother shall be brought to the end by death. 5 But you say: Whoever should say to his father or mother, That [thing] by which you may have profited by me [is] [a] gift [to God], 6 he should not honor his father1. And you make void the word2 of God by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you when he says3:
8 This people honors me with their lips
But their heart holds off from me afar
9 Futilely they worship me
Teaching [as] teachings [of] [God
]the commandments of men

10 And calling out to the crowd he said to them: Be hearing and be understanding: 11 not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

12 Then the disciples came to him saying to him: Do you know that when the Pharisees heard the statement they were stumbled? 13 But answering he said: Every plant that my heavenly father did not plant will be rooted up. 14 Let them be4. They are blind guides 5. But if blind guide blind, both will fall into the pit. 15 But Peter answering said to him: Explain to us the parable. 16 But he said: Are you also still without understanding? 17 Don't you know that everything entering the mouth proceeds into the belly and is expelled into the latrine? 18 But the [things] coming out of the mouth proceed out of the heart, and these defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed wicked6 reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, slanders, 20 these are the [things] defiling the man. But to be eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.

A Canaanite Woman's Faith

21 And when Jesus went out from there he withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold [a] Cannanite woman from the region came crying out saying: Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David, my daughter is evil-ly demon possessed. 23 But he did not answer her [a] word. And his disciples came to him asking7 him saying: Get rid of her, because she cries out after us. 24 But answering he said: I was not sent except to the lost sheep of Israel. 25 But the [one] who came knelt before him saying: Lord, help me. 26 But answering he said: It is not good to take the children's bread and to throw it to the dogs. 27 But she said: Yes, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs falling from the Lord's table. 28 Then Jesus answering her said: O woman, great is your faith. Let8 it [now] come to pass for you as you wish.

Healing Many Others

29 And when he passed over from there Jesus came by the sea of Galilee, and having gone up to the mountain he sat there. 30 And many crowds came to him having with them crippled, deformed, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that when the crowd saw, they marveled [that] mute [were] speaking, and crippled walking, and blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

32 But when Jesus summoned his disciples he said: I have compassion on the crowd, because already three days they remain with me and do not have anything to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they give out in the road. 33 And the disciples said to him: Where in the desert [is] for us so much bread so as to fill such [a] crowd? 34 And Jesus says to them: How many loaves do you have? And they said: Seven, and [a] few little fish. 35 And when he instructed the crowd to recline on the ground9 , 36 he took the loaves and the fish, and when he gave thanks he broke [them], and gave [them] to the disciples, and the disciples [gave] them to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were filled and they collected the surplus of the fragments, seven baskets full. 38 But those eating were four thousand men, apart from women and children. 39 And when he sent the crowd away he embarked in [a] boat, and went to the hill country Magadan.

1add: "or mother" K most; omit it: BℵD few

2"word" BD; "law" ℵ; "commandment" W K vg


4or "Send them away," "Tolerate them."

5add "of the blind" vg KW; text: ℵBD few

6PONEROS (πoνηρoς ) here. The Greek word KAKOS (κακoς ) is always translated `evil', PONEROS is usually translated as `wicked' although occasionally as `bad'; it can also mean 'diseased', 'sickly' and is thus translated where appropriate. Like KAKOS, PONEROS also means `evil', but the harm that evil does is more in view, where KAKOS is more `evil as evil'.

7EROTAO (ερωταω) "Ask", but more polite, not demanding/begging as is AITEO. Both AITEO and EROTAO occur in John.16:26.


9GE "GAY" (γη) "earth", "land" (remember that they didn't understand about the Earth being a planet floating in space yet), sometimes "ground" or "dirt".