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VII.  And there come together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes, who came from Jerusalem.

2And seeing some of his disciples eating bread with defiled (that is, unwashen) hands, they found fault.

3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they carefully wash their hands, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders.

4And coming from the market, except they immerse themselves, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they received to hold, immersions of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels, and couches.

5And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him: Why do not thy disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with defiled hands?

6And he said to them: Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites; as it is written:
This people honor me with their lips,
But their heart is far from me.

7But in vain they worship me,
Teaching as doctrines commandments of men.

8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, immersions of pots and cups; and many other such things ye do.

9And he said to them: Well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition!

10For Moses said: Honor thy father and thy mother; and he that curses father or mother, let him surely die.

11But ye say: If a man say to his father or his mother, It is Corban (that is, a gift) whatever thou mightest be profited with from me—

12and ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother,

13annulling the word of God by your tradition, which ye handed down. And many such things ye do.

14And again calling to him the multitude, he said to them: Hearken to me every one, and understand.

15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things that come out of him, these are they that defile the man.

16If any one has ears to hear, let him hear.

17And when he entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

18And he says to them: Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatever from without enters into the man can not defile him?

19Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the drain, cleansing all food.

20And he said: That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man.

21For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, wantonness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

23All these evil things come forth from within, and defile the man.

24And rising up he departed thence into the borders of Tyre and Sidon; and entering into a house, he desired that no one should know it. And he could not be hidden.

25For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, hearing of him, came and fell at his feet.

26The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast out the demon from her daughter.

27And he said to her: Let the children first be filled; for it is not good to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

28And she answered and said to him: Yea, Lord; for the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

29And he said to her: For this saying go thy way; the demon has gone out of thy daughter.

30And departing to her house, she found the little child laid on the bed, and the demon gone out.

31And again going forth out of the borders of Tyre, he came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis.

32And they bring to him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

33And taking him aside from the multitude he put his fingers into his ears, and spitting, touched his tongue,

34and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and says to him: Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

35And straightway his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

36And he charged them that they should tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more abundantly they published it;

37and were beyond measure astonished, saying: He has done all things well; he makes both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.