Defilement Comes from Within(A)

15 Then (B)the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, (C)“Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, (D)‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, (E)‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, (F)“Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the [b]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. (G)Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

‘These(H) people [c]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
(I)Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

10 (J)When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 (K)Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, (L)“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. (M)They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

15 (N)Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, (O)“Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that (P)whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But (Q)those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 (R)For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

A Gentile Shows Her Faith(S)

21 (T)Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, (U)Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

23 But He answered her not a word.

And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

24 But He answered and said, (V)“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little (W)dogs.”

27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, (X)great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus Heals Great Multitudes(Y)

29 (Z)Jesus departed from there, (AA)skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 (AB)Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, [d]maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ (AC)feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the [e]maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they (AD)glorified the God of Israel.

Feeding the Four Thousand(AE)

32 (AF)Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

33 (AG)Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”

34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And (AH)He took the seven loaves and the fish and (AI)gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 (AJ)And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of [f]Magdala.

The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign(AK)

16 Then the (AL)Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ [g]Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. (AM)A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of [h]the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees(AN)

Now (AO)when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, (AP)“Take heed and beware of the [i]leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”

But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you [j]have brought no bread? (AQ)Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 (AR)Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the [k]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [l]doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ(AS)

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, (AT)“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14 So they said, (AU)“Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or (AV)one of the prophets.”

15 He said to them, “But who do (AW)you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, (AX)“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, (AY)for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but (AZ)My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that (BA)you are Peter, and (BB)on this rock I will build My church, and (BC)the gates of Hades shall not [m]prevail against it. 19 (BD)And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [n]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

20 (BE)Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection(BF)

21 From that time Jesus began (BG)to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [o]“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, (BH)Satan! (BI)You are [p]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him(BJ)

24 (BK)Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and (BL)follow Me. 25 For (BM)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (BN)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (BO)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For (BP)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (BQ)with His angels, (BR)and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, (BS)there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 15:6 NU omits or mother
  2. Matthew 15:6 NU word
  3. Matthew 15:8 NU omits draw near to Me with their mouth, And
  4. Matthew 15:30 crippled
  5. Matthew 15:31 crippled
  6. Matthew 15:39 NU Magadan
  7. Matthew 16:3 NU omits Hypocrites
  8. Matthew 16:4 NU omits the prophet
  9. Matthew 16:6 yeast
  10. Matthew 16:8 NU have no bread
  11. Matthew 16:11 yeast
  12. Matthew 16:12 teaching
  13. Matthew 16:18 be victorious
  14. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been bound . . . will have been loosed
  15. Matthew 16:22 Lit. Merciful to You (May God be merciful)
  16. Matthew 16:23 a stumbling block