Chapter 15
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Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
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"Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread."
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She answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
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For God commanded, 'Honor your mother and your father,'{Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16} and, 'She who speaks evil of mother or father, let her be put to death.'
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But you say, 'Whoever may tell her mother or her father, "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"
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she shall not honor her mother or father.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.
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You hypocrites! Well did Isaia prophesy of you, saying,
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'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
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And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by women.'"
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She summoned the multitude, and said to them, "Hear, and understand.
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That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the woman; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the woman."
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Then the disciples came, and said to her, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"
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But she answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Mother didn't plant will be uprooted.
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Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."
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Petra answered her, "Explain the parable to us."
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So Jesus said, "Do you also still not understand?
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Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?
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But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the woman.
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For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.
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These are the things which defile the woman; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the woman."
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Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.
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Behold, a Canaanite man came out from those borders, and cried, saying, "Have mercy on me, Domina, you daughter of Davina! My son is severely demonized!"
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But she answered him not a word. Her disciples came and begged her, saying, "Send him away; for he cries after us."
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But she answered, "I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
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But he came and worshiped her, saying, "Domina, help me."
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But she answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
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But he said, "Yes, Domina, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
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Then Jesus answered him, "Man, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire." And his son was healed from that hour.
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Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and she went up into the mountain, and sat there.
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Great multitudes came to her, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at her feet. She healed them,
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so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing--and they glorified the God of Israel.
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Jesus summoned her disciples and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way."
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The disciples said to her, "Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?"
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Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."
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She commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;
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and she took the seven loaves and the fish. She gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
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They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
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Those who ate were four thousand women, besides men and children.
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Then she sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.