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And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

7:3 wash. The word “wash” is baptizo, normally translated (or really just transliterated) as “baptize.” Whatever is “washed,” or “baptized,” is obviously washed all over, whether the object is a hand, a cup (Mark 7:4) or a person.

7:6 Esaias prophesied. This passage is quoted from Isaiah 29:13.

7:7 doctrines. Those professing believers who reject or distort the Scriptures in order to accommodate some humanistic doctrine (e.g., evolution, uniformitarianism, abortionism) need to study this strong warning from Christ. In context, He was talking about the extra-Biblical humanistic legalism of the Pharisees, but the principle seems applicable to any displacement of Scripture by some human precept.

7:11 Corban. The tradition of “Corban”—that is, “something dedicated to God”—permitted a son to be released from any obligation to care for his parents, thus breaking the fifth commandment. He would claim his possessions belonged to God and were therefore unavailable for other purposes.

7:13 of none effect. This tendency to distort or negate or augment Scripture with one’s own interpretations (or those of others) was not unique to the ancient scribes and Pharisees. God repeatedly warns against tampering with His inspired and now-completed Scriptures (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; II Peter 3:16; etc.). The last chapter of the Bible strongly warns against adding or taking away any of the words of the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19).

7:15 nothing from without a man. The Lord here is obviously speaking of “ritual” defilement. Ingesting poisoned food, for example, may certainly “defile” a person in a physical sense, but much more serious is the spiritual defilement in his heart.

7:19 draught. See note on Matthew 15:17.

7:27 unto the dogs. The “dogs” under the table (Mark 7:28) were understood to be small household pets. On the reasons for the seeming harshness of Jesus’ reply to this Gentile woman, see note on Matthew 15:24.

7:31 coasts. The Greek word refers to boundaries in general, not merely sea coasts.

7:37 all things well. Jesus, indeed, “hath done all things well.” One strong evidence of His deity is this very fact. No matter how carefully one studies His words and His deeds, no real flaw can be found in any of them—no deficiency, nothing to retract, nothing to change at all. Everything He did or said was exactly right for each occasion.

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