1Then Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, 2'Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They eat without washing theirhands.' 3He answered, 'And why do you break away from the commandment of God for the sake of yourtradition? 4For God said, "Honour your father and your mother" and "Anyone who curses his father or mother wilbe put to death." 5But you say, "If anyone says to his father or mother: Anything I might have used to help you isdedicated to God, 6he is rid of his duty to father or mother." In this way you have made God's word ineffective by means ofyour tradition. 7Hypocrites! How rightly Isaiah prophesied about you when he said: 8This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. 9Their reverence of me is worthless; the lessons they teach are nothing but human commandments.' 10He called the people to him and said, 'Listen, and understand. 11What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth thatmakes someone unclean.'12Then the disciples came to him and said, 'Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when theyheard what you said?' 13He replied, 'Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted wil be pul ed up by the roots. 14Leave them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind; and if one blind person leads another, both wilfal into a pit.' 15At this, Peter said to him, 'Explain the parable for us.' 16Jesus replied, 'Even you -- don't you yet understand? 17Can't you see that whatever goes into the mouth passes through the stomach and is discharged intothe sewer? 18But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and it is this that makes someoneunclean. 19For from the heart come evil intentions: murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, slander. 20These are the things that make a person unclean. But eating with unwashed hands does not makeanyone unclean.' 21Jesus left that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22And suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, 'Lord, Son ofDavid, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.' 23But he said not a word in answer to her. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, saying, 'Giveher what she wants, because she keeps shouting after us.' 24He said in reply, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.' 25But the woman had come up and was bowing low before him. 'Lord,' she said, 'help me.' 26He replied, 'It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to little dogs.' 27She retorted, 'Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fal from their masters' table.' 28Then Jesus answered her, 'Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted.' And from thatmoment her daughter was wel again. 29Jesus went on from there and reached the shores of the Lake of Galilee, and he went up onto themountain. He took his seat, 30and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others;these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. 31The crowds were astonished to see the dumb speaking, the cripples whole again, the lame walkingand the blind with their sight, and they praised the God of Israel. 32But Jesus cal ed his disciples to him and said, 'I feel sorry for al these people; they have been withme for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, or they might col apse onthe way.' 33The disciples said to him, 'Where in a deserted place could we get sufficient bread for such a largecrowd to have enough to eat?' 34Jesus said to them, 'How many loaves have you?' They said, 'Seven, and a few smal fish.' 35Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks he broke them and began handingthem to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. 37They al ate as much as they wanted, and they col ected what was left of the scraps, seven basketsful . 38Now four thousand men had eaten, to say nothing of women and children. 39And when he had sent the crowds away he got into the boat and went to the territory of Magadan.
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