The Tradition of the Elders
3 Now in holding to the tradition of the elders, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat until they wash their hands ceremonially. a 4 And on returning from the market, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions for them to observe, including the washing of cups, pitchers, kettles, and couches for dining. b
5 So the Pharisees and scribes questioned Jesus: “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eat with defiled hands.”
6 Jesus answered them,
‘These people honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
7 They worship Me in vain;
they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.’ c
9 He went on to say,
What Defiles a Man
14 Once again Jesus called the crowd to Him and said,
17 After Jesus had left the crowd and gone into the house, His disciples inquired about the parable.
20 He continued:
The Faith of the Gentile Woman
24 Jesus left that place and went to the region of Tyre. k Not wanting anyone to know He was there, He entered a house, but was unable to escape their notice. 25 Instead, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit soon heard about Jesus, and she came and fell at His feet. 26 Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician origin, and she kept asking Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
The Deaf and Mute Man
31 Then Jesus left the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. m 32 Some people brought to Him a man who was deaf and hardly able to speak, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him.
33 So Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue.
34 And looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him,
36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 The people were utterly astonished and said, “He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf hear and the mute speak!”
3 a Literally until they have washed their hands to the fist
4 b NE and WH cups, pitchers, and kettles.
7 c Isaiah 29:13 (see also LXX)
8 d BYZ and TR include —washings of pots and cups and many such things like these.
9 e NA establish
10 f Exodus 20:12;Deuteronomy 5:16
10 g Exodus 21:17;Leviticus 20:9
15 h BYZ and TR include 16If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
19 i Or and then is eliminated, thereby expelling all foods.”
21 j Many texts move adultery to verse 22.
24 k WH, BYZ, and TR include and Sidon ; see Matthew 15:21.
28 l Or puppies
31 m That is, the Ten Cities
35 n ECM, WH, and SBL do not include Immediately .