Matthew 15 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Matthew 15


Matthew 15:1

Then there come to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying,

Matthew 15:2

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

Matthew 15:3

And he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

Matthew 15:4

For God said, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death.

Matthew 15:5

But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith thou mightest have been profited by me is given [to God];

Matthew 15:6

he shall not honor his father. And ye have made void the word of God because of your tradition.

Matthew 15:7

Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

Matthew 15:8

This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.

Matthew 15:9

But in vain do they worship me, Teaching [as their] doctrines the precepts of men.

Matthew 15:10

And he called to him the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Matthew 15:11

Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Matthew 15:12

Then came the disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?

Matthew 15:13

But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father planted not, shall be rooted up.

Matthew 15:14

Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

Matthew 15:15

And Peter answered and said unto him, Declare unto us the parable.

Matthew 15:16

And he said, Are ye also even yet without understanding?

Matthew 15:17

Perceive ye not, that whatsoever goeth into the mouth passeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Matthew 15:18

But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

Matthew 15:19

For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:

Matthew 15:20

these are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not the man.

Matthew 15:21

And Jesus went out thence, and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

Matthew 15:22

And behold, a Canaanitish woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon.

Matthew 15:23

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Matthew 15:24

But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 15:25

But she came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Matthew 15:26

And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.

Matthew 15:27

But she said, Yea, Lord: for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Matthew 15:29

And Jesus departed thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.

Matthew 15:30

And there came unto him great multitudes, having with them the lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and they cast them down at this feet; and he healed them:

Matthew 15:31

insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, and lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:32

And Jesus called unto him his disciples, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat: and I would not send them away fasting, lest haply they faint on the way.

Matthew 15:33

And the disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude?

Matthew 15:34

And Jesus said unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few small fishes.

Matthew 15:35

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;

Matthew 15:36

and he took the seven loaves and the fishes; and he gave thanks and brake, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

Matthew 15:37

And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full.

Matthew 15:38

And they that did eat were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:39

And he sent away the multitudes, and entered into the boat, and came into the borders of Magadan.

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