September 15, 2009

Tuesday - The Sayings of Jesus

Mark 7:5-23

5) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?" 6) And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7) in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' 8) You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men." 9) And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! 10) For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die'; 11) but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) -- 12) then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13) thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do." 14) And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15) there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him." 17) And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18) And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, 19) since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20) And he said, "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. 21) For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, 22) coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander , pride, foolishness. 23) All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."

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