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Matthew 15-17 (New American Standard Bible)

Matthew 15-17

Tradition and Commandment

15 Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother is to [a]be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been [b]given to God,” he is not to honor his father or his mother[c].’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:

This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”

10 After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand. 11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

12 Then the disciples *came and *said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were [d]offended when they heard this statement?” 13 But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides [e]of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

The Heart of Man

15 Peter [f]said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 [g]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 [h]eliminated? 18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, [i]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.”

The Syrophoenician Woman

21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting [j]at us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and began [k]to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 And He answered and said, “It is not [l]good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; [m]but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed [n]at once.

Healing Crowds

29 Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. 30 And [o]large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. 31 So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled [p]restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Four Thousand Fed

32 And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, I feel compassion for the [q]people, because they [r]have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 33 The disciples *said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?” 34 And Jesus *said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 And He directed the [s]people to [t]sit down on the ground; 36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. 38 And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

39 And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.

Pharisees Test Jesus

16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a [u]sign from heaven. But He replied to them, [v]When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the [w]appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a [x]sign; and a [y]sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread. And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the [z]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.” But Jesus, aware of this, said, You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up? 10 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up? 11 How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the [aa]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter’s Confession of Christ

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, [ab]Elijah; but still others, [ac]Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are [ad]the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [ae]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are [af]Peter, and upon this [ag]rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth [ah]shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth [ai]shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He [aj]warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was [ak]the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death

21 From that time [al]Jesus began to show 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 up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “[am]God forbid it, Lord! This shall never [an]happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on [ao]God’s interests, but man’s.”

Discipleship Is Costly

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his [ap]life will lose it; but whoever loses his [aq]life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then [ar]repay every man according to his [as]deeds.

28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

The Transfiguration

17 Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and [at]James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three [au]tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell [av]face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did [aw]to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer [ax]at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

The Demoniac

14 When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 [ay]Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a [az]lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured [ba]at once.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith [bb]the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 [[bc]But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

22 And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be [bd]delivered into the hands of men; 23 and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.

The Tribute Money

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the [be]two-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the [bf]two-drachma tax?” 25 He *said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are [bg]exempt. 27 However, so that we do not [bh]offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find [bi]a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”


  1. Matthew 15:4 Lit die the death
  2. Matthew 15:5 Lit a gift; i.e. an offering
  3. Matthew 15:6 I.e. by supporting them with it
  4. Matthew 15:12 Lit caused to stumble
  5. Matthew 15:14 Later mss add of the blind
  6. Matthew 15:15 Lit answered and said
  7. Matthew 15:16 Lit and He
  8. Matthew 15:17 Lit thrown out into the latrine
  9. Matthew 15:19 I.e. sexual immorality
  10. Matthew 15:23 Lit behind us
  11. Matthew 15:25 Or worshiped
  12. Matthew 15:26 Or proper
  13. Matthew 15:27 Lit for
  14. Matthew 15:28 Lit from that hour
  15. Matthew 15:30 Lit many
  16. Matthew 15:31 Or healthy
  17. Matthew 15:32 Lit crowd
  18. Matthew 15:32 Lit are remaining
  19. Matthew 15:35 Lit crowd
  20. Matthew 15:35 Lit recline
  21. Matthew 16:1 Or attesting miracle
  22. Matthew 16:2 Early mss do not contain the rest of v 2 and v 3
  23. Matthew 16:3 Lit face
  24. Matthew 16:4 Or attesting miracle
  25. Matthew 16:4 Or attesting miracle
  26. Matthew 16:6 Or yeast
  27. Matthew 16:11 Or yeast
  28. Matthew 16:14 Gr Elias
  29. Matthew 16:14 Gr Jeremias
  30. Matthew 16:16 I.e. the Messiah
  31. Matthew 16:17 I.e. son of Jonah
  32. Matthew 16:18 Gr Petros, a stone
  33. Matthew 16:18 Gr petra, large rock; bed-rock
  34. Matthew 16:19 Gr estai dedemenon, fut. pft. pass.
  35. Matthew 16:19 Gr estai lelumenon, fut. pft. pass.
  36. Matthew 16:20 Or strictly admonished
  37. Matthew 16:20 I.e. the Messiah
  38. Matthew 16:21 Two early mss read Jesus Christ
  39. Matthew 16:22 Lit (God be) merciful to You
  40. Matthew 16:22 Lit be
  41. Matthew 16:23 Lit the things of God
  42. Matthew 16:25 Or soul
  43. Matthew 16:25 Or soul
  44. Matthew 16:27 Or recompense
  45. Matthew 16:27 Lit doing
  46. Matthew 17:1 Or Jacob
  47. Matthew 17:4 Or sacred tents
  48. Matthew 17:6 Lit on their faces
  49. Matthew 17:12 Lit in him; or in his case
  50. Matthew 17:12 Lit by them
  51. Matthew 17:15 Or Sir
  52. Matthew 17:15 Or moonstruck; Gr seleniazo
  53. Matthew 17:18 Lit from that hour
  54. Matthew 17:20 Lit as
  55. Matthew 17:21 Early mss do not contain this v
  56. Matthew 17:22 Or betrayed
  57. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to two denarii or two days’ wages, paid as a temple tax
  58. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to two denarii or two days’ wages, paid as a temple tax
  59. Matthew 17:26 Or free
  60. Matthew 17:27 Lit cause them to stumble
  61. Matthew 17:27 Lit standard coin, which was a shekel
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