7:1 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem,
7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,

7:2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed.
7:2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.

7:3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders;
7:3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders;

7:4 and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)
7:4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)

7:5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?"
7:5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?"

7:6 And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
7:6 He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;

7:7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'
7:7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.'

7:8 You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."
7:8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition."

7:9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition!
7:9 Then he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition!

7:10 For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die';
7:10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.'

7:11 but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) --
7:11 But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, 'Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban' (that is, an offering to God)--

7:12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother,
7:12 then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother,

7:13 thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do."
7:13 thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this."

7:14 And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand:
7:14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand:

7:15 there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him."
7:15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile."

7:16 ("If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.")
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7:17 And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable.
7:17 When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable.

7:18 And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him,
7:18 He said to them, "Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile,

7:19 since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
7:19 since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

7:20 And he said, "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man.
7:20 And he said, "It is what comes out of a person that defiles.

7:21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,

7:22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
7:22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.

7:23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

7:24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid.
7:24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,

7:25 But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet.
7:25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.

7:26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoeni'cian by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
7:26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

7:27 And he said to her, "Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
7:27 He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

7:28 But she answered him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
7:28 But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."

7:29 And he said to her, "For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter."
7:29 Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go--the demon has left your daughter."

7:30 And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone.
7:30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

7:31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis.
7:31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.

7:32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him.
7:32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.

7:33 And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue;
7:33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.

7:34 and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened."
7:34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."

7:35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
7:35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

7:36 And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
7:36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.

7:37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."
7:37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."