The Heart of Man

15 Peter [a]said to Him, “(A)Explain the parable to us.” 16 [b]Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? 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 proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 (C)For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, [d]fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20 These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

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  1. Matthew 15:15 Lit answered and said
  2. Matthew 15:16 Lit and He
  3. Matthew 15:17 Lit thrown out into the latrine
  4. Matthew 15:19 I.e. sexual immorality