What Defiles a Person

10 And he called the people to him and said to them, (A)“Hear and understand: 11 (B)it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were (C)offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, (D)“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted (E)will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; (F)they are blind guides.[a] And (G)if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, (H)“Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, (I)“Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that (J)whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?[b] 18 But (K)what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come (L)evil thoughts, (M)murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, (N)slander. 20 (O)These are what defile a person. But (P)to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 15:14 Some manuscripts add of the blind
  2. Matthew 15:17 Greek is expelled into the latrine

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