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7:1Now the Pharisees and some of the scripture scholars came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus,7:2and they saw some of his disciples eating bread without first having ritually cleansed their hands.7:3(The Pharisees and all the Judeans never eat without first ritually washing their hands, according to the traditions of their ancestors.7:4If they have just returned from the marketplace, they perform a ritual bath before eating. They also observe many other rituals such as washing cups, pitchers, saucepans, and even beds.)

7:5So the Pharisees and scripture scholars asked Jesus, “Why is it that your disciples don’t observe the tradition of the elders? They eat bread with unclean hands.”

7:6“Isaiah prophesied accurately about you, you pedants!” Jesus replied. “As it is written,

“These people give me lip service but their hearts are far away.7:7In vain they pay their respects, for their teachings are their own and not mine.”

7:8“You discard the command of God and cling to human tradition!”

7:9Then he continued: “You really do push aside the command of God in order to establish your own tradition.7:10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother; whoever speaks abusively against their father or mother must be put to death.’7:11But you say, ‘You can tell your father or mother that you don’t have to support them if the money is a gift offering which you get to keep’,7:12so you get them off the hook from helping their own father or mother!7:13You thereby invalidate the Word of God for the tradition you invent. And you do a lot of things like that.”

7:14Once again he called the crowd to come to him, and he said, “Listen to me and understand:7:15It isn’t what’s outside of a person and goes into them that contaminates them, but what comes out of them.”7:167:17And when he left the crowd and went into the house, his disciples asked him about the parable.7:18And he replied, “Are you stupid too? Don’t you understand that whatever comes from outside of a person and goes into them cannot contaminate them?7:19It doesn’t go into their heart but into their bowels and then the toilet.” (In saying this, he was declaring all food ‘clean’.)

7:20Then he added, “What comes out of a person is what contaminates them.7:21For it is out of people’s hearts that come depraved thinking, promiscuity, theft, murder,7:22adultery, greed, evil, treachery, vice, ‘the evil eye’, slander, arrogance, and empty-headedness.7:23All of these evil things come out from the inside and contaminate a person.”

7:24Leaving there, Jesus went into the region of Tyre. He entered a house and didn’t want anyone to know, but he couldn’t avoid it.7:25Right away a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him and fell down at his feet.7:26She was a non-Judean from Syro-Phoenicia, and she asked if he could throw out the demon from her daughter.

7:27But he said to her, “First let the children eat their fill; it isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to puppies.”

7:28“But sir,” she replied, “Even the puppies under the table eat the scraps the children drop!”

7:29“Good answer!” Jesus said to her. “Because of it, you may go; the demon has come out of your daughter.”7:30She went to her home and found the little one placed on a bed, free of the demon.

7:31Leaving the region of Tyre, once again he went through Sidon and the Ten Cities to the Sea of Galilee.7:32They brought him someone who was deaf and speech-impaired,1 pleading with him to place his hand on them.7:33He took the person away from the crowd, put his fingers into the person’s ears, and then spit and touched the person’s tongue.7:34Then he looked up to the sky and sighed deeply, saying, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened up!”).7:35Immediately they were opened up, and the person could hear and their tongue was loosened, and they began to talk normally.

7:36Jesus commanded them not to say a thing, but the more he did so, the more they spread the news.7:37They were beyond awestruck and said, “He does everything well! The deaf hear and the mute talk!”

  1. 1The text says the person was mute, but from Jesus’ actions it is clear they were deaf.