Matthew 15

1 Then the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem come to Jesus, saying, 2 Why are your, your* disciples transgressing the tradition of the elders? For* they do not wash their hands whenever they eat bread.

3 But he answered and said to them, Why do you* also transgress the commandment of God because of your, your* tradition? 4 For* God commanded, saying, ' Honor your father and your mother.' {Ex. 20: 12 & Deu. 5: 16} And, ' He who is speaking evil of their father or mother, let him be ended by the sentence of death.' {Ex. 21: 17 & Lev. 20: 9} 5 But you* say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, in whatever you might have been profited from me, it is a gift to God, 6 and then should never* honor his father and mother, and thus you* invalidated the commandment of God because of your, your* tradition. 7 You* hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied well concerning you*, saying, 8 ' These people are drawing near to me with their mouth, and are honoring me with their lips, but their heart is faraway from me. 9 But they are worshiping me in futility, teaching as their teachings -- the commandments of men.' {Isa 29: 13}

10 And he called to him the crowd and said to them, Hear and understand! 11 Not what enters into the mouth desecrates the man, but what is traveling from the mouth, this desecrates the man.

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

13 He answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly father did not plant will be uprooted. 14 Leave them! They are blind guides of the blind. Now if the blind guide the blind, both will be falling into a ditch.

15 Now Peter answered and said to him, Explain to us the parable.

16 Now Jesus said, Are you* also without understanding at this point? 17 Are you* not yet perceiving, that whatever travels into the mouth makes room in the belly, and is cast out into the sewer? 18 But these things which are traveling from the mouth, come out from the heart, and they desecrate the man. 19 For* out of the heart comes forth evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These things are what desecrate the man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not desecrate the man.

{Mk 7: 24 & Mt 15: 21. }

21 And Jesus went out from there, and departed into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

{Mk 7: 25-30 & Mt 15: 22-28 Tyre and Sidon. }

22 And behold, a woman from Canaan came out from those borders, and cried, out to him, saying, Show, mercy to me, O Lord, you the son of David. My daughter is evilly demon, possessed. 23 But he answered her not a word.

And his disciples came and asked him, saying, Dismiss her, because she is crying behind us.

24 But he answered and said, I was not sent, except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

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

26 Now he answered and said, It is not good to take the children' s bread and cast it to the puppies.

27 But she said, Yes, Lord; for* even the puppies eat from the crumbs which are falling from the table of their lords.

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your, your* faith. Let it happen for you as you will it. And her daughter was healed from that hour.

{Mk 7: 31 & Mt 15: 29 Avoiding Herod' s territory. }

29 And Jesus, having proceeded from there, went beside the sea of Galilee, and he went up into the mountain and was sitting there.

{Mk 7: 32-37 & Mt 15: 30-31 Magadan and Bethsaida Summer 29 AD. }

30 And large crowds came to him there, having the lame, blind, mute, crippled and many others with them. They tossed them beside the feet of Jesus, and he healed them; 31 so, that the crowds marveled, seeing the mute speaking; the crippled healthy; the lame walking; and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

{Mk 8: 1-8: 9 & Mt 15: 32-38. }

32 Now Jesus called his disciples to him, and said, I have compassion upon the crowd because they already remain with me three days, and do not have anything that they might eat, and I am not willing to dismiss them starving, lest they might faint on the road.

33 And his disciples say to him, From where can we buy so, many loaves for us in the wilderness, so, then to feed so, great a crowd?

34 And Jesus said to them, How many loaves do you* have?

But they said, Seven and a few small, fish.

35 And he commanded the crowd to lean, back upon the soil. 36 And he took the seven loaves and the few fish, and he gave, thanks and broke them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were fed, and they took up what was leftover of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. 38 Now those eating were approximately four thousand men, plus women and children.

{Mk 8: 10-26 & Mt 15: 39-16: 12 Near Caesarea Philippi Summer 29 AD. }

39 And he dismissed the crowds, and stepped into the ship, and went into the borders of Magadan.

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