The Heart of Man

15 Peter [a]said to Him, “(A)Explain the parable to us.” 16 [b]Jesus said, “Are you also still lacking in understanding? 17 Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is [c]eliminated? 18 But (B)the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and those things defile the person. 19 (C)For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, acts of adultery, other immoral sexual acts, thefts, false testimonies, and [d]slanderous statements. 20 These are the things that defile the person; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the person.”

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  1. Matthew 15:15 Lit answering, said
  2. Matthew 15:16 Lit and He
  3. Matthew 15:17 Lit thrown out into the latrine
  4. Matthew 15:19 Or abusive speech

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