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17 [a](A)When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable.

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  1. 7:17 Away from the crowd…the parable: in this context of privacy the term parable refers to something hidden, about to be revealed to the disciples; cf. Mk 4:10–11, 34. Jesus sets the Mosaic food laws in the context of the kingdom of God where they are abrogated, and he declares moral defilement the only cause of uncleanness.

17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him(A) about this parable.

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