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17 Do you not yet understand that (A)whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But (B)those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 (C)For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

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The Law, the Prophets, and the Kingdom

14 Now the Pharisees, (A)who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they [a]derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who (B)justify yourselves (C)before men, but (D)God knows your hearts. For (E)what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

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  1. Luke 16:14 Lit. turned up their nose at

37 Jesus said to him, (A)“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

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33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 (A)“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother [a]his trespasses.”

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  1. Matthew 18:35 NU omits his trespasses

13 But go and learn what this means: (A)‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, (B)but sinners, [a]to repentance.”

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  1. Matthew 9:13 NU omits to repentance

John Preaches to the People(A)

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, (B)“Brood[a] of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits (C)worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore (D)every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

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  1. Luke 3:7 Offspring

A Tree Known by Its Fruit(A)

33 “Either make the tree good and (B)its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 (C)Brood[a] of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? (D)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

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  1. Matthew 12:34 Offspring

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