The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

57. After the Sermon (continued)

        10And he called the people to him and said: “Hear and understand: 11It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth.”
        12Then the apostles came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
        13He answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14Let them alone. They are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the pit.”
        15But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
        16And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, theft, false witness, and slander. 20These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
        (Mt. 15:10–20)

Mt. 15:11  It is not / not (RSV) • mouth that defiles / mouth, this defiles (RSV)
Mt. 15:12  the apostles came (Ch. 22, fn. a) / the disciples came (RSV)
Mt. 15:14  if the blind lead the blind, both (KJV) / if a blind man leads a blind man, both (RSV) • both shall fall (KJV) / both will fall (RSV) • into the pit (KJV) / into a pit (RSV)
Mt. 15:19  adultery, theft / adultery, fornication, theft (RSV)   (153:3/1712–3)