Matthew 15

1Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus. They came from Jerusalem and asked Jesus, 2”Why do your followers not obey the rules given to us by our great people that lived before us? Your followers don’t wash their hands before they eat!” 3Jesus answered, “And why do you refuse to obey God’s command so that you can follow those rules you have? 4God said, 'You must honor ˻(respect)˼ your father and mother.’ And God also said, 'Any person that says bad things to his father or mother must be killed.’ 5But you teach that a person can say to his father or mother, 'I have something I could use to help you. But I will not use it to help you. I will give it to God.’ 6You teach that person to not honor his father. So you teach that it is not important to do what God said. You think that it is more important to follow those rules you have. 7You are hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he spoke about you. Isaiah said: 8'These people say they honor me, but they don’t really make me an important part of their lives. 9Their worship of me is for nothing. The things they teach are only rules that people have made.’” 10Jesus called the people to him. Jesus said, “Listen and understand what I am saying. 11It is not the things a person puts in his mouth that make him wrong. It is the things a person says with his mouth that make him wrong.” 12Then the followers came to Jesus and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees are angry because of what you said?” 13Jesus answered, “Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted himself will be pulled up by the roots. 14Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, then both men will fall into a hole.” 15Peter said, “Explain to us what you said earlier to the people.” 16Jesus said, “You still have trouble understanding? 17Surely you know that all the food that enters a person’s mouth goes into the stomach. Then that food goes out of the body. 18But the bad things a person says with his mouth come from the way a person thinks. And these are the things that make a person wrong. 19All these bad things begin in a person’s mind: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, saying bad things against other people. 20These things make a person wrong. But not washing his hands before he eats does not make a person wrong.” 21Jesus left that place and went to the area of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that area came to Jesus. The woman shouted, “Lord, Son of David, please help me! My daughter has a demon inside her, and she is suffering very much.” 23But Jesus did not answer the woman. So the followers came to Jesus and begged him, “Tell the woman to go away. She is following us and shouting.” 24Jesus said, “God sent me only to the lost people of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼.” 25Then the woman came to Jesus again. She bowed before Jesus and said, “Lord, help me!” 26Jesus answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” 27The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the pieces of food that fall from their master’s table.” 28Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! I will do the thing you wanted me to do.” And at that time the woman’s daughter was healed. 29Then Jesus left that place and went to the shore of Lake Galilee. Jesus went up on a hill and sat down. 30Many, many people came to Jesus. These people brought many other sick people and put the sick people before Jesus. There were people that could not walk, blind people, crippled people, deaf people, and many others. Jesus healed all these people. 31People were amazed when they saw that people that could not speak were able to speak again. Crippled people were made strong again. People that could not walk were able to walk again. The blind were able to see again. All the people thanked the God of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼ for this. 32Jesus called his followers to him and said, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been with me three days, and now they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry. They might faint while going home.” 33The followers asked Jesus, “Where can we get enough bread to feed all these people? We are far away from any town.” 34Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” The followers answered, “We have seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.” 35Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. 36Jesus took the seven loaves of bread and the fish. Then Jesus gave thanks to God for the food. Jesus divided the food and gave it to the followers. The followers gave the food to the people. 37All the people ate and were full. After this, the followers filled seven baskets with the pieces of food that were not eaten. 38There were about 4,000 men there that ate. There were also women and children that ate. 39After they ate, Jesus told the people they could go home. Jesus got into the boat and went to the area of Magadan.

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