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Matthew 15

1 - Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,

2 - "Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread."

3 - He answered them,"Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

4 - For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,'Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9

5 - But you say, 'Whoever may tell his father or his mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"

6 - he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.

7 - You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

8 - 'These people draw near to me with their mouth,and honor me with their lips;but their heart is far from me.

9 - And in vain do they worship me,teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"Isaiah 29:13

10 - He summoned the multitude, and said to them,"Hear, and understand.

11 - That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

12 - Then the disciples came, and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"

13 - But he answered,"Every plant which my heavenly Father didn't plant will be uprooted.

14 - Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."

15 - Peter answered him, "Explain the parable to us."

16 - So Jesus said,"Do you also still not understand?

17 - Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?

18 - But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

19 - For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.

20 - These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the man."

21 - Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.

22 - Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely possessed by a demon!"

23 - But he answered her not a word.His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."

24 - But he answered,"I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

25 - But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me."

26 - But he answered,"It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

27 - But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."

28 - Then Jesus answered her,"Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

29 - Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.

30 - Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them,

31 - so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, the injured healed, the lame walking, and the blind seeing-and they glorified the God of Israel.

32 - Jesus summoned his disciples and said,"I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way."

33 - The disciples said to him, "Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?"

34 - Jesus said to them,"How many loaves do you have?"They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."

35 - He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;

36 - and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

37 - They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.

38 - Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

39 - Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.


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Brief Summary: In this chapter, we have our Lord Jesus, as the great Prophet teaching, as the great Physician healing, and as the great Shepherd of the sheep feeding; as the Father of spirits instructing them; as the Conqueror of Satan dispossessing him; and as concerned for the bodies of his people, providing for them. Here is, I. Christís discourse with the scribes and Pharisees about human traditions and injunctions (v. 1-9). II. His discourse with the multitude, and with his disciples, concerning the things that defile a man (v. 10-20). III. His casting of the devil out of the woman of Canaanís daughter (v. 21-28). IV. His healing of all that were brought to him (v. 29-31). V. His feeding of four thousand men, with seven loaves and a few little fishes (v. 32-30).

Outline
Jesus discourses about human traditions. (1-9)
He warns against things which really defile. (10-20)
He heals the daughter of a Syrophenician woman. (21-28)
Jesus heals the sick, and miraculously feeds four thousand. (29-39)

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