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15 There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”[a]

17 Now[b] when Jesus[c] had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable.

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  1. Mark 7:15 tc Most later mss add 7:16 “Let anyone with ears to hear, listen.” This verse is included in A D W Θ ƒ1,13 33 M latt sy, but is lacking in significant Alexandrian mss and a few others (א B L Δ* 0274 28). It appears to be a scribal gloss (see 4:9 and 4:23), perhaps introduced as a reiteration of the thought in 7:14, and is almost certainly not an original part of the Greek text of Mark. The present translation follows NA28 in omitting the verse number, a procedure also followed by a number of other modern translations.
  2. Mark 7:17 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.
  3. Mark 7:17 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.