What Defiles a Person

Matthew 15

10 i When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear and understand: 11 j "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" 13 But He answered and said, k "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 "Let them alone. l They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." 15 m Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us." 16 So Jesus said, n "Are you also still without understanding? 17 "Do you not yet understand that o whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 "But p those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 q "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

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