[Matthew 15] True Purity
Wednesday, March 1
1Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
2"Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat."
3He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
4For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.'
5But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"
6he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.
7You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
8"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
9in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
10And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand:
11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person."
12Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
13He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
14Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
15But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us."
16And he said, "Are you also still without understanding?
17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?
18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
20These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."
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